Whispering Pines NC to Dedicate New Fire Apparatus

Whispering Pines (NC) will mark Fire Prevention Week with a dedication and open house to celebrate its newest piece of equipment, Engine 511.

The new engine is a 2012 Toyne Spartan, which carries 1,000 gallons of water and is equipped with a 1,500-gallon-per-minute pump. It cost $352,000.

The vehicle is designated with the number 511, showing that it is affiliated with Whispering Pines station 51. The numeral 1 tells emergency personnel that it is a fire engine as opposed to a tanker or bush truck.

The new unit replaced a 20-year-old engine that was nearing the end of its usefulness.

The Whispering Pines Fire Rescue Station employs two full-time employees and nine part-timers. Including volunteers, there are 35 firemen available for emergency operations.

The public is invited  on Saturday, Oct. 13, to celebrate the new apparatus and stick around for an open house that will include free hot dogs, sodas, water, cookies and popcorn. Fire and rescue demonstrations will take place.

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