Fire department takes delivery on new pumper

Osage County Herald Chronicle – May 25, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – June 2, 2017

Burlingame Fire Chief Jim Strohm took delivery of a new 2017 Pierce Rescue Pumper. The truck was purchased from Conrad Fire Equipment, Olathe, and built by Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wis.

“The process to purchase the truck took two years from planning to delivery,” Strohm said.

The new pumper will replace a 1992 Pierce Pumper that has been in service with the Fire Department for 25 years. It is planned to have the new pumper in service by the end of May. During this time, the remaining equipment will be mounted and all of the department members will be trained to use the truck properly.

“The pumper will be a great asset to the community as it can carry a crew of six firefighters and will carry necessary rescue, medical, and fire equipment,” Strohm said. “It has a 1,500 GPM pump and can hold 1,000 gallons of water and carry foam to assist in fire suppression. The Jaws of Life are pre-connected on the front bumper for rapid deployment on the scene.

“Due to our limited manpower, especially during daytime hours, our apparatus has to carry a lot of equipment, as we don’t always have personnel to bring multiple apparatus. This will enable us to carry specialized equipment that we now store in the station on the pumper instead,” he said.

As the department has a 25-year replacement program for pumpers, this truck will serve as the primary pumper until 2042. The department covers 110 square miles and has 25 members and is seeking additional members.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
http://www.ksffa.com
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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