Clark-Cowlitz (WA) Fire Rescue (CCFR) Tuesday put a new engine into service at Woodland’s Station 29—the first of four new engines the department will receive over the next 15 months, reports ClarkCountyToday.com. Three were purchased by the fire district, and one was purchased for CCFR by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe via a FEMA grant.
The new apparatus has a 730-gallon water tank, pumps 1,500 gallons of water per minute, has 20 gallons of foam for flammable liquid fires, three different-sized ladders, and more than 2,500 feet of fire hose.
In addition, the new engine carries Advanced Life Support (ALS) medical equipment to treat patients experiencing a medical emergency. It also carries powerful hydraulic tools for cutting apart vehicles involved in serious crashes.
It took a committee of five officers and firefighters more than a year to write the specifications and design the engine. It was built over 10 months by Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wisc.
The new engine’s predecessor will be placed in reserve status, and CCFR will sell the District’s most worn-out reserve fire engine.