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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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they rarely go out together. We currently have three engines, two tankers,
tower truck and a brush truck. If you are interested, 54-3 and 54-4 are the
ones for sale. Details about them are:
1500 GPM pump
750 gal tank (might be 1000, can't recall)
Outfitted for Amkus rescue tools
6 man cab
1990 White AutoCar Engine
1750 GPM pump
750 gal tank
1/2 mile of supply line
Three 6" intake/suction connections
5 man crew
They would look nice in your station... :)
The plan is to replace them with a single engine with off road capability,
plenty of pump capacity. The only time 54-4 goes out is for brush fires (to
supply the brush truck) and for structure fires to supply the tankers.