The Kodiak Fire Department is back at a full complement of fire trucks.
Deputy Fire Chief Jim Mullican showed off Kodiak’s new fire engine to the city council last week. It brings the city back to two engines and a ladder truck.
The city sold one of its old engines in October 2012, Mullican said. Since then, they’ve only had one engine, which led to problems when that engine needed maintenance or repairs.
The ladder truck is unable to go certain places in the city because of the hills.
The new fire engine can pump 1,000 gallons of water per minute, compared to the other fire engine’s 2,000 gallons per minute, Mullican said. The truck’s top speed is 55 mph.
This engine is a step down from the fire engine the city has, and it was planned that way.
The engine was built partially in Wisconsin and partially in Florida. It was then driven from Florida to Washington, shipped to Anchorage, driven from Anchorage to Whittier, and then shipped to Kodiak aboard the M/V Kennicott, and it arrived about two weeks ago.
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