Lexington (NC) Placing New Fire Apparatus in Service

The Lexington Fire Department (NC) recently added a 2012 Smeal 75-Foot Quint fire truck to its fleet. The $647,563 piece of equipment is expected to be placed in service later this month and will run calls from the LFD’s headquarters on East Center Street.

The new truck, built in Snyder (NE) by Smeal Fire Apparatus, is a two-in-one combination, meaning it consists of a 75-foot ladder and a 400-gallon pumper for water.

The truck was purchased in the City of Lexington’s 2013-14 fiscal year budget. The fire department budgeted $750,000 for the truck and was able to save money by buying a demo model.

“The basic idea behind a quint device or apparatus is you can operate as a pumper and a ladder, depending on which or what situation it calls for,” Lexington Fire Chief Phil Hartley said. “If they are first on the scene, obviously, they can go straight to the attack mode and operate as a pumper.”

The quint is the first truck the LFD has purchased since a 2011 Toyne fire pumper truck for $460,000 two years ago. The quint also means the LFD has a short-wheel based truck, which will allow it to reach places where previous ladder trucks couldn’t.

The 2012 Smeal will replace two of the department’s reserve trucks, a 1958 American LaFrance ladder truck and a 1975 Mack Pumper. Both pieces of equipment are planned to be sold for surplus. Hartley said the station’s current ladder truck will not be placed in reserves and will respond to special incidences like high angle and trench rescues.

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