Williston (ND) City Commission Ponders Fire Apparatus Purchases

The Williston City Commission (ND) will consider a request from the fire department for three pieces of fire apparatus after the annexation of roughly 8,000 acres of mostly prairie and pastureland.

The equipment includes a pumper tender, a top of the line full fire truck, a tanker of tender that can haul at least 3,000 gallons of water, and a Type 3 (“a monster truck”) to a Type 6 (wildland fire truck) apparatus. Together, the first two pieces of equipment can carry 4,500 to 5,000 usable gallons of water. The price tag is $700,000.

“[It’s] a wildland fire scenario of which we were never prepared for,” Fire Chief Alan Hanson said adding the lack of hydrants means carrying more water than a typical city fire department. Factor in the distance from a potential fire to the nearest hydrant, which dictates the amount of hose necessary to do the job, and the challenge mounts in the face of inadequate equipment.

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