Delaware Academy Turns to Crowdsourcing to Fund Fire Apparatus

When students at the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security wanted a fire engine for the New Castle-area charter high school they turned to the Internet, reports

Cadets of the four-year-old school are more than a few thousands dollars from reaching their $5,000 goal, but they’re hopeful a crowdfunding effort on GoFundMe will get them there by June.

“The idea came from a brainstorming session with [the] Public Safety III Class,” said Jordan Williams, a junior at the school. “We were looking for trending ways to fundraise that may be well received as opposed to more traditional ways.

“It seemed that the GoFundMe Campaign was a safe and effective way to reach our goal.”

The school already has an ambulance that was donated to them in 2014 by Leipsic Volunteer Fire Company for the academy’s emergency medical technician program. And last year, New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon donated a retired police car to the school for cadets to use it in the law enforcement program.

The fire engine would provide a full look at public safety, said Chad Ingram, a public safety 3 instructor at the school.

Because a used fire engine can run anywhere from $25,000 to $360,000, according to the website Command Fire Apparatus, school officials and students have been working with partners and are confident they can get a good truck that will meet their needs for $5,000.

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