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Taylor fire department welcomes arrival of new brush truck

The Taylor Fire Department welcomed the arrival of a new brush truck with a ceremonial push into the fire hall last week. It's a tradition meant to connect firefighters with the new piece of equipment before it hits the streets.

The Taylor Fire Department welcomed the arrival of a new brush truck with a ceremonial push into the fire hall last week.

It's a tradition meant to connect firefighters with the new piece of equipment before it hits the streets. 

"The pushing of the truck into the bay is just the christening of the unit into the department. It’s a way to welcome the truck to the fleet and makes the crew apart of it," Fire Chief Ed Albury said.

"Now the work begins. We have to outfit the truck and start the training, certify all the members to operate it."

The truck is a Ford F550 built by CET Fire Equipment and Rocky Mountain Phoenix, and replaces the department's old 1988 truck that came from the airport, Albury said.

The old truck saw plenty of action and served the community well, Albury said.

"Unfortunately, it is time for it to be replaced. The aged truck costs too much to maintain and parts are extremely hard to find, if you can at all," he said.

The truck's main purpose is for wildland and brush fire fighting, and can be used for smaller incidents like a vehicle fire. It comes with a portable tank that can store up to 900 gallons, allowing firefighters to fill from water sources such as ponds and pools.

Albury said the truck was bought for just under $200,000, and comes with a number of features, including:

• the ability to pump and roll, controllable from inside the truck;

• corner nozzles that can be used while driving to control a fire in a field while driving its leading edges;

• an ultra-high pressure pump unit, which will also aid on smaller fires; and

• the ability to use foam from both on-board pumps, including on board tank for Class A foam. Portable jugs will be carried for Class B fires.

"The reason for the truck being as large as it is, the truck committee wanted something that would come close to the truck we’re replacing," Albury said.

"This truck gives us the ability to go through fields, through ditches and so on, allowing for clearance compared to a traditional cab and chaises."

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New Taylor Fire Department brush truck. - Dave Lueneberg

 

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The Taylor Fire Department's new brush truck. - Dave Lueneberg

 

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Filling the new portable water tank that comes with the Taylor Fire Department's new brush truck. - Dave Lueneberg
 
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Pushing the new brush truck into the Taylor Fire Hall. - Dave Lueneberg