Fire Chiefs Association Gives $25,000 Gift
By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – The Fire Chiefs Association of Pinal County (FCAPC) presented a check to the Central Arizona College (CAC) Foundation in the amount of $25,000 during the June meeting of the CAC Governing Board to support Promise for the Future students in the Fire Science program.
Scott Miller, Fire Chief for the City of Casa Grande Fire Department along with Dave Montgomery, Assistance Chief of the Superstition Mountain Fire and Medical District presented the check on behalf of the FCAPC to CAC President Dr. Doris Helmich, Governing Board President Rick Gibson, CAC Foundation Director Maggie Dooley and CAC Foundation President, Sandie Smith.
Over the past six years the FCAPC has held a golf tournament each year along with other fundraisers to support various organizations, fire department programming such as the Educational Safety Trailer and scholarships. With the goal of supporting future firefighters, the FCAPC began designating funds for the endowment three years ago.
Miller stated, “I am very pleased that my fellow colleagues in the Fire Chiefs Association of Pinal County rally together to support and commit to making this scholarship a reality for our youth in Pinal County for many years to come.”
For more than 15 years, the FCAPC and CAC have partnered together to train new fire fighters and provide continuing educational opportunities. The association was instrumental in the development of the Fire Academy and Deputy/Fire Chief Burn Building located at the Signal Peak Campus.
“This is another wonderful occasion in our partnership with the members of the Fire Chiefs Association of Pinal County, stated Sandi Smith. “We are honored by their generosity to establish this endowed scholarship. We applaud their continuous efforts for the youth of Pinal County and are appreciative that through this gift we can offer additional financial support to our Promise students in the Fire Science program. Thank you to all who contributed to making this scholarship a reality!”
It is the intent of the FCAPC to provide a $1,000 scholarship each year from this endowment. Scholarship recipients must be a qualified Promise for the Future student, enrolled in a program of study in fire science, a graduate of a Pinal County high school and a Pinal County resident, and demonstrate financial need.
Students who may be interested in applying for this scholarship must complete the CAC foundation scholarship application available online at www.centralaz.edu/finaid. To learn more about the FCAPC scholarship contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-494-5111.
About the FCAPC
The Fire Chiefs Association of Pinal County (FCAPC) represents nearly 30 fire departments and fire districts throughout Pinal County as well as other organizations that manage health and public safety in the county. FCAPC provides an organized forum allowing for professional development through networking, education and information distribution for the sole purpose of improving fire service in Pinal County.
The FCAPC serves both municipal fire departments and rural fire districts around Pinal County, and represents the communities of Apache Junction, Arizona City, Avra Valley, Casa Grande, Catalina, Coolidge, Dudleyville, Eloy, Florence, Gold Canyon, Golder Ranch, Hayden, Kearney, Mammoth, Maricopa, Oracle, Oro Valley, Queen Valley, Saddlebrooke, San Manuel, Superior and Winkleman. Also represented are the fire service organizations that serve the Native American communities of Ak-Chin, Gila River, and the Tohono O’Odham Nation. FCAPC has a strong membership of educational and health care system partners with Central Arizona College and Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology (CAVIT), Banner Casa Grande Medical Center, Air Evac, Native Air, Life Net and Southwest Ambulance, all assisting the organization to meet the collective needs of its members.
By bringing together chief officers and principal decision makers from all of these organizations helps to make the residents of Pinal County safer, and allows a networking of ideas and strengthens our mutual aid bonds.