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One Wisconsin fire department has a new fire truck in its fleet.
The Delton Fire Department rig, which replaces one from 1990, cost $503,000, according to WiscNews.com.
The new truck is equipped with a 2,000 gallon per minute pump, light tower, and smaller turning radius, WiscNews.com reported.
Delton Fire Chief Darren Jorgenson told WiscNews.com, “We needed a new vehicle that could keep up with those higher fire load demands because of the bigger buildings. This one has a larger pump and a lot more new technologies than what was available in 1990.”
An oil company near the North Pole donated the truck and shipped it to Minneapolis. The firefighters then drove it to Indianola for a makeover. In April the truck will be towed to Jacksonville, Florida for a boat ride to a West African seaport, by May the Indianola Fire Department will return to Africa to finish the last leg.
“It is a long journey. Just from Walvis Bay to Katate is a 30 hour drive,” says Seymour.
Donations have made the $15,000 trip possible, WHOTV.com reported.
[Warren Fire Equipment sales representative Ray] Capezzuto said the truck includes a lot of safety features and options by virtue of it being a demo the company used as a sales tool to show off that type of truck’s capabilities.
The aerial device or ladder can go both up and down for rescue situations, with an elevation range which goes from minus 10 degrees (below grade) to plus 80 degrees in the air. The platform can hold up to 1,000 pounds and can withstand up to 50 mph winds and a quarter inch of ice. The truck can hold up to 300 gallons of water, but has a capacity to pump 2,000 gallons of water per minute, which is 500 gallons a minute more than the current ladder truck, which does not have a bucket or platform.
Other features include front and side airbags, a hydraulic generator, a backup camera, computer monitoring and a federal signal LED lighting package.
The new truck is replacing one that is over 23 years old, according to SalemNews.net.
Read SalemNews.net’s full story here and WFMJ.com’s here. More about KME’s AerialCat is here.
Yellow, pink, green. Those are the colors of fire apparatus which served on the Coventry Fire Brigade in the United Kingdom in the 1970s, and the CoventryTelegraph.net recently shared some of the old photographs.
It started with yellow, which was “more reflective under street lights,” CoventryTelegraph.net reported.
Joe Brancati, chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners for Goldens Bridge Fire District, said he was on duty with [volunteer Mike] MeLillo on Monday morning when he smelled smoke while working out in the station gymnasium at about 9:30 a.m.
When he saw the smoke coming through the heating vents, he alerted MeLillo Brancati and MeLillo investigated the boiler room but found no problems. But the source of the blaze quickly became apparent when they returned to the main part of the fire house.
“I turned around and looked behind me and there was a wall of smoke coming toward me,” Brancati said. “Mike put on his gear and started moving the apparatus out. Then there was an orange glow, an explosion, shattering glass, and I decided it was time for me to get out of there.”
MeLillo came back to the scene to continue to help more after being taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, Yorktown.DailyVoice.com reported.
“It’s terrible,” said Joe Manstrelli, a 52-year member, as he assessed the damage. “But we’ll rebuild.”
LoHud.com’s full story, video and photo gallery is here. Yorktown.DailyVoice.com’s story is here. NewYork.CBSLocal.com’s story, aerial video, and photos are here. A story and photos from LewisboroLedger.com are here. NBCNewYork.com’s story and video are here.
Damage was contained to the underside of the truck. The cause was likely an electrical short in an area where wires from the rear of the truck meet wires from the front, Assistant Fire Chief Michael Gillespie said Friday.
Gillespie said the truck shouldn’t be hard to fix.
A spare truck was brought in to cover calls at the station, Gerfin told DailyGazette.com.
Believed to be the oldest of its type still around in Canada, this Merryweather and Sons steam fire engine first went into service in Whitby, Ontario, in 1872.
The town bought the rig after a stream of water went over top of the 130 foot roof of a church in Whitby during a demonstration, according to the narrator in the video above from Durham TV and Radio Canada.
Officials with Merryweather and Sons, in Greenwich, London, worked to make engineer Edward Field’s vertical boiler design useful on a horse-drawn platform, the narrator said.
Taking about 10 minutes to get enough pressure to pump, firefighters could start the pressure before they left for the fire so there would be enough pressure when they arrived on the scene.
At the time, the water pressure system was considered state-of-the-art, the narrator said.