Lexington, SC (WLTX) -- It was an exciting day the Lexington School District One Technology Center, as the Emergency and Fire Management Services program received a huge donation.
The Irmo Fire District donated a fire truck that was recently taken out of service in January, the truck had served the Irmo area since 1989.
Chief Gregg Hildebrand is the instructor of the program, he says the donation of the working fire truck on Wednesday may help spark new firefighters for the future.
"I could just see little lights going off, because they are just thinking, what they can get out there and do that we weren't able to do before, they can do so much more realistic training with this," said Hildebrand.
Students Trey Campbell and Jose Romero are currently in the program and were thrilled to have new equipment to work with.
Campbell said, "I am actually really excited about this new truck, we are going to be able to do a lot of different things with it, he always tells us how we are going to be pumping water and how we are going to see how real firefighters do it."
Romero said, "I am very excited, we got new equipment, it is fully operational, it is awesome."
The program was the first of its kind in South Carolina nearly a decade ago, now it has almost 20 career firefighters that have gone through the classes including current Irmo Firefighter Andrew Nedwick.
Nedwick said, "It just means everything to me and the future of the fire service, because I know starting out young with these kids is going to make a difference in their future careers."
The trucks last significant call to service occured in late December at the Country Walk Apartments fire, but now the truck will serve Lexington by helping train high school students.
Hildebrand said, "I hope we will turn out some good firefighters with this program and hopefully we will make a better fire service tomorrow."