Newman Lake (WA) Fire and Rescue added two new vehicles to its fleet—Squad 13-1 and Squad 13-2: smaller, lighter, and easier-to-maneuver-than-brush-trucks medic trucks, reports spokesman.com.
The heavy-duty, 4-wheel-drive apparatus are large but still a couple feet narrower than the brush trucks, officials say.
They’re designed to carry 500 gallons of water and fire hoses, and can carry more EMS equipment than the brush trucks, according to the report. Squad 13-1, based out of Station 1 on Starr Road, also carries the technical rescue equipment. Squad 13-2 is based at Station 2.
The new trucks also can carry five people, as opposed to the three a brush truck can fit. The brush trucks will still be used to respond to fire calls, officials say, but they’ll go on fewer runs.