Hesston Record – March 12, 2015
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The Hesston Fire Department is replacing a nearly three-decade-old fire truck.
Emergency Services Director Russ Buller said the replacement of a truck will bring the fire fleet into the 21st century.
“None of our existing fire trucks has that available since our newest truck is almost 17-years-old. There has been a significant improvement in firefighter safety and firefighting technology added to fire trucks in the recent years. The new rescue/pumper that we are currently writing specifications on will include numerous improvements over what our current fleet can provide,” he said.
The engine being replaced is a 1988 Central States fire truck.
“It will be a custom chassis rescue/pumper that will be able to pump 1,250 gallons per minute. It will have occupant safety systems incorporated in the cab and will have the latest in foam technology to improve firefighting capability,” said Buller.
Funding for the $550,000 to $700,000 truck will come from a fire equipment tax account that is intended to fund apparatus purchases such as this.
Buller said the truck will be a significant improvement over any of the current fleet.
“This truck will include numerous occupant safety features for improved firefighter safety. It will have a larger compartment capacity to carry all of the necessary rescue/extrication and firefighting tools.
“It will have the new CAFS technology that injects compressed air and firefighting foam into the water stream, which improves fire knock-down and reduces firefighter fatigue. It will have an enhanced scene lighting package that will utilize an elevated light tower. It will have a larger cab to better accommodate five firefighters ‘gearing up’ for a response. It will possibly have a new color scheme to improve the visibility of the vehicle,” he said.
As with the ambulance, finding the right vehicle with the best features to serve Hesston can be an arduous undertaking.
“It is a huge undertaking to incorporate all of the necessary features needed to make this an efficient and effective response vehicle for all types of emergencies and to anticipate the needs of our community for the next 20 to 30 years, the lifespan of this truck,” he said.
Buller said the truck being replaced is too outdated to be sold in the United States but will be sold to a Central or South American country through a broker.