Morehead City (NC) Welcomes New Fire Apparatus

A new fire truck came home Saturday to Morehead City (NC) Station 1 during a formal “wetdown” ceremony that also included the promotion of four department members.

Chief Jamie  Fulk said the new truck, a Pierce Velocity FR, came with a lot of effort by many people. He thanked those who helped design the truck and city officials for making it possible. The truck, paid for by tax dollars, cost $547,000.

Morehead City Mayor Jerry Jones, a 21-year veteran of the fire department, said it is always an honor for him to see firefighters get the equipment they need.

“This fire department was started 107 years ago by commitment-minded citizens,” he said. “They had no equipment, no station, no training and no money, but they had passion. Just as we see here today, that passion and commitment still prevail.”

According to Chad Holland, regional account manager for Pierce, the new fire truck is the first of its kind in the area.

“The truck is a Pierce Ultimate Configuration, the first one ever made with a forward roof,” he said. “This will be a little bit of history for Morehead City.”

The truck can seat six firefighters, already in full gear including tanks. It is also the first in the area designated a pump and roll truck. A turret mounted to the front bumper of the truck will spray water while the truck is in motion. Air bags line the cab of the truck and an independent front suspension allows for greater maneuverability.

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