The Saginaw Fire Department unveiled a newly-purchased fire truck with increased pump capacity and new safety features.
The city purchased the truck, a 1,500 gallon-per-minute Class A pumper with a 1,000-gallon water tank, to enhance public safety delivery and firefighter safety, according to acting fire chief Chris Van Loo.
It cost $334,404.33, Van Loo said, and was financed with a 10-year payment plan through FirstMerit Bank.
“With savings realized in our maintenance budget, it shows no increase to our budget,” Van Loo said.
It was manufactured in 2013 by Spartan ERV, a Michigan-based manufacturer located in Charlotte, Van Loo said.
The truck has state-of-the-art crew compartment safety features, Van Loo said, including advanced air-bag protection and a safety restraint system to provide greater protection for firefighters. It features new LED lighting.
The new truck features a foam system, Van Loo said, adding that the department has been using Class A foam on all structure fires because it improves knock-down time.
The truck will replace a 1980 Emergency One Engine model that was rated at 1,250 gallons per minute with a 500-gallon water tank.
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