A new fire truck donned the streets of Burlington this week. The truck made its debut on Monday, June 27, 2005.
The fire engine was purchased from the Smeal Fire Apparatus Company. This fire truck replaces a similar 1990 model fire truck that operated out of Headquarters Fire Station. The primary responsibility of the engine is to develop water pressure for firefighters in suppressing fires. This truck is also used to transport firefighter’s and equipment to various emergencies such as vehicle accidents, basic rescue situations and medical calls.
The apparatus incorporates a built-in tank capable of carrying 500 gallons of water with a 1,500 gallon per minute pump for developing water pressure. There is a 50-gallon tank that carries foam for special fire situations. The hose compartments on the apparatus store 3,600 feet of fire hose of various diameters for water streams and supplying the pump with additional water from the municipal water system. Ladders designed for use at 1 and 2 story buildings are carried on the truck to gain access to those areas. Other necessary equipment such as an exhaust fan, forcible entry tools, medical supplies, breathing apparatus, and a portable gas powered generator to operate small lights and tools are included on the apparatus. Technical equipment such as a thermal imaging camera and gas detector is carried for search and rescue operations and hazardous atmosphere monitoring.
The truck is equipped with visual and audible warning devices to alert other drivers of travel during emergencies and meets all safety standards that apply to fire apparatus. Overall, the apparatus was designed in a manner to provide firefighter safety and efficient operations during emergency situations. The equipment is mounted and stored so that firefighters can access it quickly for life-threatening incidents and all built-in mechanical devices are manufactured for fast deployment when necessary. The apparatus was funded with money from the 2004-2005 budget.