The Beaufort-Port Royal (SC) Fire Department has a new $800,000 custom-built pumper with more pumping capacity and the ability to carry equipment such as extrication tools and a defibrillator, reports islandpacket.com.
The 33-foot-long, red-and-black rig replaces a 14-year-old apparatus and is the department’s fifth in-service pumper, including two reserves, the report says. Stationed at Station 4 on S.C. 170, the pumper’s first day of service will be Monday.
The pumper was purchased from Spartan Emergency Response in Summerville, but Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton (WI) built it. It can hold 1,000 gallons of water—250 gallons more than any other pumper in the department’s fleet—and carry 1,000 feet of supply line hose, as well as three shorter attack-line hoses, the report says.
The department has 48 shift firefighters and operates out of four stations serving Beaufort and Port Royal.