Springfield (MO) Debuts New Fire Apparatus

The Springfield Fire Department (MO) continues their series of open houses to highlight the city’s new red trucks.

To celebrate the arrival of four new engines, Fire Station 9 is offering the public a chance to get inside one of the new vehicles.
During the mid to late 70s, the department changed to yellow engines after a study found that yellow is a better color for visibility. The problem was that people didn’t recognize it as an emergency vehicle.

With the transition to red trucks, the department can also benefit from new technology, as well. By using a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS), they’re four times more effective than the average engine. With 80 percent foam and 20 percent water, hoses are lighter weight and fires are extinguished more quickly, which Captain Rusty Darnell appreciates.

Two more open houses remain; Friday, June 21st and Friday, June 28th. They run from 6:30pm until 8pm.

Friday, June 21st
Springfield Fire Station 2
608 W. Commercial St.

Friday, June 28th
Springfield Fire Station 4
2423 N. Delaware

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Springfield MO Debuts New Fire Apparatus

The Springfield Fire Department (MO) will debut new, red fire trucks for the first time in more than 35 years.

The arrival of engines 1, 2, 4 and 9 marks the beginning of a gradual process to replace the yellow fire apparatus.

The classic design of the red fire truck has a higher resale value than the yellow engines they are replacing.

Springfield had switched to yellow after a study found yellow was easier to see at night.

Fire Chief David Hall said that it has since bee discovered that the study is flawed.

The engines each took a year to build and cost roughly $400,000 a piece.  They were paid for with monies set aside for the regular replacement of aging fire apparatus. The engines being replaced are all past their typical life span of 15 years.

The new engines also have additional features to aid in fighting fires. Each engine is equipped with a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) that is four times more effective at extinguishing a fire than standard water nozzles. The engines also have green-star technology to decrease emissions.

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