September 16, 2004

Scotland County Fire Department Continuing To Update Truck Fleet

Saturday marked the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. While September 11 did not touch Scotland County directly, one of the aftereffects has. The community has benefited from the nationís reinvestment in emergency services, a priority since that devastating day.

The Scotland County Fire Department unveiled its second new addition to the fleet of fire trucks that help protect the community. The new unit was part of the Scotland County Antique Fair parade August 28.

The fire department was able to add the new pumper truck through a federal grant. In October 2003, the department received a $144,000 Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R) grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The fire truck was built by Toyne, Inc. of Breda, IA. The 2004 M2 Freightliner truck came from Grand Island, NE. Toyne installed the special fire fighting body to the chassis, which features a six-cylinder, 300-horsepower engine by Caterpillar. The truck is built for a 35,000 pound maximum capacity.

Toyne installed the 1,000-gallon water tank. The truck features a heated pump compartment for the system that can pump 1,250 gallons of water per minute at full capacity.

The new truck has three-inch discharge lines on both sides as well as two 2.5-inch discharge nozzles on the rear. The department has installed two pre-connected hose lines in addition to the booster hose reel that holds 200-feet of one-inch hose.

ďAll that means that in just a few minutes we can have five lines charged and ready to go to put out any fire,Ē said Fire Chief Roger Gosney.

The Toyne body also houses three ladders in an enclosed compartment accessed from the rear of the truck. Firemen simply open the door and grab either a 24-foot, 14-foot or 10-foot folding attic ladder. All are mounted on easy slides to allow quick access and easy storage.

The truck houses its own generator to run exterior lighting. The power source also supplies outlets located at easily accessible points on the truckís body where firemen can plug in tools or other equipment that require electricity.

In December of 2003 the fire department put its new rescue unit in service. The truck houses the departmentís jaws-of-life and other tools used at automobile accidents, as well as equipment used to battle fires. The new unit was funded in a joint effort by the City of Memphis and the Scotland County Rural Fire Corporation at a cost of approximately $35,000.

The new units replaced fire trucks that had been in service for more than 20 years. Prior to the addition of the trucks, the departmentís newest pumper truck had been purchased in 1982.

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