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Two new, customized fire engines pull up for Fire Department

Two new, customized fire engines pull up for Fire Department

Fire stations two and five have some new additions to the roster: two new fire engines!  Arriving last week, the city’s Fire Department received two custom-designed fire engines that have a tighter turning radius, a smaller overall profile compared to existing fire engines and the ability to respond in areas with narrow streets.

“Fire engines and aerial ladder trucks are generally scheduled for replacement on a 15-year basis. In late 2015, the North Area Fire Chiefs worked together to design a fire engine specification that multiple fire departments could order and get a discounted group price,” said Deputy Fire Chief Bill Work.

The Fire department received approval to purchase both the 2016 and 2017 replacement fire engines at the same time due to the 12 month construction time. They were built by Pierce Manufacturing Company, one of the largest manufactures of fire apparatus in the world.

The cost of both fire engines was $1.2 million before discounts. The city’s two reserve fire engines being replaced will be sent as trade-ins to Front Range Fire Apparatus for a value of $55,000.

“During construction, every detail of these truck was reviewed for accuracy and functionality,” said Work. “Fire Engineer Devin Weadon, Fire Engineer Jesse Molinar, Fire Engineer Chris Dinges, Fire Fighter II Kevin Stimits, Fleet Mechanic Mike Lively and I went to the Pierce Manufacturing factory in Appleton, Wisconsin for three days to make sure everything was how we requested.”

The new engine includes hose storage in the front bumper, which can be pulled more easily compared to finding space to pull hundreds of feet of hose out the side of the engine.  The new fire engines also have a lower rear hose storage deck to make pulling hose more ergonomically friendly.

It will take approximately 2-4 weeks to transfer equipment to the new engines and make sure they are ready for service.

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