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Fire truck donation supports TAFE students

South Regional TAFE’s Bunbury Campus has recently taken delivery of a fire truck that will help Automotive students get hands on experience with heavy duty machinery.

The fire truck was generously donated by Alcoa Australia and local company Piacentini & Son arranged the delivery of the truck pro bono.

Donations from industry help ensure students have access to a wide variety of resources that will prepare them for work.

Heavy Automotive advanced skills lecturer Garry Bailey said the students and lecturers were extremely happy about the donation.

“Having a close relationship with industry is paramount to delivering quality training,” Mr Bailey said.

“The gifting of the fire truck itself will help us create learning opportunities for the students as they perform servicing, diagnostic and repair operations,” he said.

“A working vehicle that has been meticulously maintained, such as the fire truck, enables us to provide our learners with authentic and interesting tasks which will greatly enhance their learning experience.”

Wagerup Community Relations Manager Tom Busher said the fire truck became surplus to requirements after recent vehicle upgrades at Alcoa’s Wagerup Refinery.

“When Gino Pisconeri, our mechanical workshop supervisor, proposed we donate the vehicle it seemed like a win-win situation that would benefit all mechanical apprentices coming through the TAFE,” he said.

Piacentini & Son Apprentice Coordinator Paul Warner said:

“Piacentini & Son is proud of our close working relationship with South Regional TAFE enabling the best training solutions for our apprentices.”

The truck will be worked on by both apprentices and pre-apprentices in the automotive workshops.

Pictured is Alcoa Australia Community Relations Manager Tom Busher with lecturer Garry Bailey and apprentices Laura Cheney and Zoe Backshall with Piacentini & Son Apprentice Coordinator Paul Warner.




Page last updated May 17, 2019