New Sevierville TN Fire Apparatus Dedicated in Honor of Mike Rawlings

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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