The Sevierville Fire Department (TN) dedicated its new Fire Engine No. 11 to the last fire chief, the late Mike Rawlings.
The $550,000 apparatus and equipment was built by 4Guys Fire Trucks in Meyersdale (PA). The truck is state-of-the-art, capable of pumping 1,500 gallons of water/minute from a 750-gallon holding tank and includes a compressed air foam system and up-to-date electronics and design.
Of the cost, around $390,000 came from the estate of Grace and Winfred Smelcer, who left money for the fire department. Since the fire department had been looking for a replacement engine, it used that money toward the new truck. The remaining portion of the funds came from the city.
The truck and equipment were displayed at an open-house, followed by the dedication, ribbon-cutting and “pushing-in” of the new fire engine.
The truck is officially in service, though a few things still need to be worked on over the next couple days. The engine will soon be on the streets responding as a priority apparatus for all calls.
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