Triplett Tech students repaint brush fire truck

Triplett Tech students Seth Jones, 17, of Mount Jackson, left, and Codey Heltzel, 17, of Edinburg, right, stand in front of the newest addition to the Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department fleet that they helped paint. Kaley Toy/Daily

MOUNT JACKSON – Triplett Tech students in the collision repair program repainted a truck for the Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department.

The students stripped a traditional red fire truck and repainted it green and black to match the rest of the Mount Jackson fleet.

Department Chief Sam Bohus said the truck still needs a lot of work as parts need to be replaced, but the students did a great job. Once the truck is fixed, he said it will be put to use.

“It’s going to be a brush truck, so it’s going to go up in the mountains and in the fields, and it’s going to get banged up and beat up, but at the same aspect we wanted it to match everything else,” he said.

The truck came from Fairfax County, he added. “They have a strict 10-year replacement plan on all their apparatus.”

John Grim, collision repair instructor at Triplett, said it took about four months to complete this project last fall.

Student Seth Jones, 17, of Mount Jackson, said the painting wasn’t that bad.

“What was hard was getting the really really heavy bed off with four people,” he said.

Student Codey Heltzel, 17, of Edinburg, added, “It was our first big project of this year.”

Katie Rice, career and technical education supervisor for Shenandoah County Public Schools, noted it was a nice community partnership.

“This is an excellent example of how the students at Triplett are getting real world experiences and collaborating with our community,” she said. “It was a win-win situation for both parties and we’re very proud of the work they have done.”

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