The Ridgefield Fire Department (CT) has a new engine, which cost $575,000 and took about a year-and-a-half to design and build.
The engine is replacing the current Engine 1, which is turning 13 and has more than 100,000 miles on it.
Given that it’s a small department, seats were taken out of the cab, making more room for firefighters and for storage.
This truck won’t just handle fires, but also EMS calls and other types of emergency management calls.
Another major difference is that with the older trucks, most of the hoses and wires are exposed, but now they’re all inside or concealed. This addressed a safety concern for the firefighters: They’re no longer exposed to the elements for long while firefighters put the hoses away.
This truck also fits inside the garages. The doors to the garages at both Ridgefield fire houses are about 10 feet tall, much shorter than contemporary doors. When the main firehouse on Catoonah Street was built in 1901, the department had wagons and horses, which are much shorter than modern fire trucks.
The truck holds 700 gallons of water and about 40 gallons of two types of foam that can help extinguish fires faster and with less water. It also meets all standards of the Environmental Protection Agency. The engine’s only emissions are water vapor and nitrogen.
Although the engine hasn’t gone out yet on a run, it will take over as the department’s primary engine by the end of the month.
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