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I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but one of the exciting changes due in the spring of next year is the arrival of a replacement for our venerable Engine 1. The current truck is a 1984 Ford chassis customized for fire service by FMC. It still runs pretty well, though it was under powered from the start; but the frame just isn't going to last forever. Hauling a thousand gallons of water over bumps and around curves for twenty years takes a toll -- especially when those runs tend to be at "best safe speed". The pump is still in great shape, but the rest of the truck is really starting to show its age.
The new truck will have Class A and Class B foam always at the ready, a more powerful engine, airbags and seatbelts for all the crew, and a warm enclosed cab for a crew of six. I'll miss the old one, but not so much that I'm not really looking forward to being part of the planning and work of bringing the next generation into service.
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