Solons New Fire Engine Expected Next Spring

The Solon Volunteer Fire Department is replacing a 1991-vintage pumper with a brand new $480,000 pumper built by Toyne, Inc. in Breda.

The new pumper will have seating for six firefighters and will incorporate the latest in safety technology.

The pumper is what is known as a custom unit with a cab and chassis built by (appropriately enough) Spartan Chassis, Inc. of Charlotte, Mich. The cab and chassis, a Spartan “Metro Star” features a cab-over engine design with seating for six firefighters.

Five seats will be equipped with Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), or air packs allowing the firefighters to be fully dressed in protective gear and ready to begin attacking a fire on arrival. Toyne, Inc. is building the fire engine body which features a 1,000 gallon water tank, 1,500 gallon-per-minute capacity pump and a top mount pump operator’s station which gives the operator a better view of the fire scene than more traditional side mount operator’s panels.

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