Kokomo (IN) Getting Fire Apparatus

Kokomo (IN) is getting a nearly new fire truck. Faced with the challenge of improving fire protection in the city’s newly annexed areas, Chief Pat O’Neill knew that the department needed a new vehicle to do the job.

Little did he know that an affordable solution was sitting in Howard County, waiting to be utilized.

“We’re buying a used fire truck from the Russiaville Volunteer Fire Department,” said O’Neill. “It’s a 2004 International 4400. It has about 6,500 miles on it.”

O’Neill anticipates delivery of the truck within the next two weeks. It will be re-fitted and re-lettered to reflect the Kokomo Fire Department’s ownership, and the chief anticipates putting the truck into service immediately at Fire Station No. 2 on the city’s southeast side.

“We’ll also be able to mothball a 3,000-gallon tanker. This fire truck we are purchasing is a tanker/pumper, which carries 1,500 gallons of water. On an initial response, we’ll be able to increase the amount of water that arrives on the scene in vehicles.”

O’Neill explained that the tanker/pumper will dispatch on the initial response, as opposed to the tanker which did not. Station No. 2 has been selected for the vehicle’s new home because of the lack of city water lines that have been run into the newly annexed areas.

The truck will allow the initial responding units to be able to spray water on a fire for up to 10 minutes before support units can arrive on the scene — double the department’s current capability in that area.

The truck also is equipped with a generator, a scene lighting system, and a portable water tank that can be used to shuttle water from a distance.

O’Neill explained that the deal came at an opportune time.

For more information, view kokomoperspective.com

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