According to a report from Republican American, the Waterbury (CT) Fire Department (WFD) recently took delivery of a new 2021 Spartan Class A pumper truck from the town’s Gowans Knight Company, the sixth vehicle they have delivered to the WFD.
This whole week, WFD firefighters have been training on the new pumper, getting a feel for the new layout and mechanics. WFD Chief Terrance Ballou said he is happy with the members’ progress on the vehicle. Ballou said the truck will be housed at Station 7 on Walnut Street, replacing a 20-year-old truck.
WFD Supervisor of Fleet Operations Ricky Petrizzi said the new Spartan includes improvements such as advanced braking; air bags; rollover protection; air ride rear suspension; and air conditioning, something vital for firefighters wearing heavy personal protective equipment during the summer.
Ballou said it’s the fourth Spartan truck the city has received in the past six or seven years.