Engine 74, which was $431,000, replaces a 1995 two-man rescue pumper that the department sold to a volunteer fire department in Downs (KS).
The 2012 truck, manufactured by the Sutphen Corp. of Dublin (OH) has all the latest amenities and safety features.
The truck includes an enclosed cab with seating for eight, a computerized pump panel, a 1,000-gallon tank, capacity to pump 1,750 gallons a minute, a 20-gallon Class A foam tank, air conditioning, secure storage space for helmets and air bottles, a remote control deluge gun and a rumbler siren.
The latter is a siren that motorists and pedestrians can not only hear but feel. "It sends out pulse waves," Chief Tim Steele said.
The 21.5-ton truck, with a 65-gallon gas tank, joins a fleet that includes a 1999 pumper, a 1988 pumper, a 1994 tanker, a 2002 quick-response truck, a river rescue boat and two smaller boats, Steele said.
The department began planning for the replacement truck about a year ago, with representatives attending the Pittsburgh Fire Rescue & EMS Expo and talking to dealers. The department placed an order with the Sutphen Corp. and submitted a list of specifications.
To pay for the truck, the department held its first-ever Jeep Wrangler and cash giveaway in November. Although it didn't quite meet expectations, the event raised money toward the purchase of the truck and laid the groundwork for what officials hope will be an annual event - the Fall Frenzy.
The department also obtained bank financing and received donations from several local organizations and companies - the East Liverpool-Fawcett Community Foundation, Ergon-West Virginia Inc., Shell Lubricants, the Homer Laughlin China Co., and Linde Gas.
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