Structural fire engines are the most versatile apparatus we have. Equipped for fire response, vehicle extrication and other rescue scenarios, hazardous materials incidents, and medical assistance response. Per the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency, fire apparatus over 25 years old should be removed from service, and front-line apparatus should be moved to reserve status after 15 years.
First due, the newest engine, used by out on-duty firefighters.
Holds 750 gallons of water with a 1500 gpm pump.
Second due, used by our volunteers or called-back career staff.
Reserve, moved up when an engine is out for service or repair.
Structural engine replacement plan calls for:
Our current fleet consists of a 2014, 1997, and a 1995. We have been unable to found our vehicle replacement program and our Second due and Reserve are both close to retirement age. The current plan is to apply for a FEMA AFG Grant for a Type-3 Interface Engine in FY21 and sell the 1995 Type-1 Engine, moving the 1997 to Reserve.
A ladder truck is needed in our fleet. A ladder truck serves to main functions, first as an elevated master stream to fight fire in large buildings or continuous buildings like our downtown. Also, it provides a ladder for rescues over the 28 foot workin height that our 35-foot ground ladder provides.
Even our 35-foot building height is beyond our reach and buildings in town are growing to 45-feet. A ladder truck in our fleet would provide valuable ISO points that would probably save our commercial property owners within 2-1/2 miles of our fire station a substantial amount of money on their property insurance.