Ridgefield’s (CT) new $575,000 fire truck meets the new EPA standards for diesel vehicles. It is the first vehicle in the department to meet these standards.
Because the new truck has a lot of upgraded and different equipment and features, it’ll be a couple of weeks before it’s reporting to fires. All 34 firefighters will be trained.
“One of the things we built into the specifications is we’d have manufacturer training, because the pump panel is a little different, and because it carries Class A foam. We have no other apparatus that carries Class A foam,” Chief Heather Burford said.
Many of the improvements of the new vehicle include safety features or ergonomic improvements.
Two hydraulic cutting tools for extractions from car wrecks — the “jaws of life” — are pre-connected in a compartment on the side of the truck.
The emergency medical equipment is also more easily accessible. In the past it’s been inside; now it’s accessible from the outside. Similarly, the one-and-three-quarters-inch hose is now accessible from ground level.
The engine brings the department’s total pieces of equipment to 11 — four pumper engines, two tankers, a ladder truck, a heavy rescue vehicle, and three ambulances.
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