According to a report from The Herald-Dispatch, the Kenova (WV) Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) introduced the latest addition to its fleet last week: Engine 104—a 2000 model Pierce Quantum, which replaces a 40-year-old truck that the department has taken out of service.
KVFD Deputy Chief John Francis said the engine was found online. After the purchase was made, KVFD members went to Virginia to pick it up.
KVFD Chief Jamie Stoner said the department was actually looking for a newer ladder truck, but when they saw this Pierce, they had to take it. Stoner said the department was able to buy it for almost one-fifth of its asking price, saving the KVFD around $35,000.
The engine has 750-gallons water and 40-gallon foam tanks. The foam mixes with the water to help extinguish larger fires. Considering many older engines cannot hold foam, it was important for the department to find this rig.
Francis said the department is still looking to buy a newer ladder truck, which will hopefully happen in the coming months.