CTCC Firefighter Initiative to conclude July 2
Cranberry Township Community Chest’s 2015 Project of the Year – an initiative designed to boost fire safety training and firefighter recruitment countywide – will formally conclude with the dedication of a new fire safety trailer at the Butler County Community College’s fire training facility at 9:00 AM on Thursday, July 2. The project, has which raised more than $350,000 to date, will fund more than a dozen firefighter scholarships to BC3 along with twin fire safety trailers for use in recruitment and instruction throughout Butler County.
County Commission Chairman Bill McCarrier, an early supporter of the initiative, will be among the event’s featured presenters. BC3 Foundation head Ruth Purcell will explain the firefighter scholarships and what it takes to qualify for one. In essence, anyone who volunteers to serve as a volunteer firefighter for their local fire company during the time of their enrollment in BC3 can qualify for a scholarship of as much as $1,000 a semester – approximately half of BC3’s full tuition rate. Other supporters and donors to the project have also been invited to attend the event.
The fire safety trailers – one of which will be housed at BC3 for use by any of the County’s 31 volunteer fire companies and another with Cranberry Township’s own Volunteer Fire Company – are designed as mobile safety learning centers for students, employees and residents of Butler County communities to learn how to recognize and respond to fires and fire hazards.
Although the initiative formally concludes with the July 2 dedication, financial contributions from companies and individuals interested in supporting the effort will continue to be welcomed.