Feb 19, 2014 1:05 PM by Rachel Cole - email@example.com
FLOUR BLUFF - A local fire department just got a new set of wheels that is equipped with new technology and many safety features. Fire Chief Dale Scott with the Nueces County ESD#2 station in Flour Bluff says, this new truck will no doubt help the department when responding to calls in the community.
Back in December, flames smothered fields near Park Road 22. Chief Scott says, that fire is an example of what newer engines, like engine 95, can contain more quickly in the future, thanks to new technology.
"As they pull up onto a scene, they can engage the pump, they can engage the foam, they can deploy the line then if they need to move the truck, they can still move it without shutting down," he said.
The older engines do not have the "Pump and row capability" so crews would have to stop the truck in order to move it further away from the flames.
"On Park Road 22 we had to keep shutting the truck down, walking the hoses out, moving the truck then start all over again, this you just drag the hose and keep moving," Chief Scott said.
Plus, he says engine 95, which cost the department a whopping 500 thousand dollars is replacing a 22 old, outdated engine, that doesn't have nearly as many safety features.
"They've added new positive pressure fans which puts air into the structure and gets the smoke out where we can see and reduces the chance of a flash over," Chief Scott said.
Chief Scott says the new engine, with the new technology will allow crews to better assist people in need in the community in emergency situations.
"It'll put a rescue truck on scene within 3-5 minutes," he added.
Chief Scott says that with Schlitterbahn being built on the island, an increase in calls is likely, in addition to the roughly 130 calls they respond to annually.
"Increased fire and EMS calls on the island, increased traffic, you're going to have more traffic accidents, more rescue calls and this will put a rescue unit on the island," Chief Scott said.
The fire engine will be ready for service in a couple weeks, when all of the equipment is installed. In the meantime, firefighters are being trained on the added equipment that comes with the new fire engine.