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Salem purchases first new firetruck

Thursday, July 11, 2002

For the first time in 22 years the city of Salem has purchased a new pumper firetruck. Firemen traveled to Baton Rouge, La., June 25 to pick up the truck from Ferra Fire Apparatus, said Fire Chief Heath Everett.The firetruck, which cost the city $118,535, is a rural responder built in a GMC two-door commercial chassis. It came equipped with a 300 horsepower caterpillar engine, a 1,250 gallon per minute fire pump and a 1,000 gallon poly water tank.Everett referred to the new truck as Engine One and said, "It was very much needed, updated equipment."Engine One is a town truck and will be used to respond to all fires within the city limits, Everett explained.The bulk of the money to purchase the truck has been saved up but the city sold two of their older firetrucks. The balance, which is about one-third of the cost, is being paid through a loan the city applied for.The new truck will pump as much as both of the other trucks together, Everett said. A new feature on the truck is the pump is mounted on the top, Everett said. A fireman can stand up in the middle and look to the right or left and view the complete scene. On most trucks the pump is mounted on the side which limits a firemen's vision.

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