The Bay Village (OH) City Council has authorized the purchase of a $445,000 pumper truck.
The new E-One Inc. custom 1,750-gallon-per-minute steel side-mount pumper, mounted on a cab, will replace a 1995 pumper truck that is in need of replacement.
Fire Chief Chris Lyons said the new apparatus would provide a huge jump in technology and safety. “That’s one of the driving factors. Another driving factor: For an engine or a pumper, the nationally accepted life span is 10 to 15 years. We’re beyond that life span for Engine 14, and it needs to be replaced.”
In addition to a booster tank, the new pumper will include a Class-A foam tank. Firefighters mix the foam at a 1 percent to 3 percent concentration with water to extinguish fires more rapidly than water alone. The use of foam also allows firefighters to use about 40 percent less water to extinguish a blaze, which results in less water damage to buildings and contents.
The new pumper also will be equipped with brighter, longer-lasting LED lights. All lights on the truck, with the exception of headlights, will be LEDs. The LEDs save costs by reducing fuel consumption and numerous incandescent bulb replacements.
The new truck also includes a more easily accessible mounting for the department’s Jaws of Life hydraulic equipment used for prying victims free from crashes.
“It’s an old adage, but it’s still true,” Lyons said. “In emergency services, time is of the essence. The faster we can get to somebody trapped in a vehicle and get them out, the better their outcome will be.”
Lyons said it would cost about 90 percent as much as replacing the pumper and not include updated technology. In addition, a refurbished pumper would only last another eight years, Lyons said.
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