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Highland brush truck gets updated equipment

Friday, June 29, 2012

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Highland Fire Chief Kal Dienst and daughter, Anniston stand beside the Highland Fire Department's newly refurbished brush truck. The truck has a new utility bed, paint, a new tank and an ultra high pressure, low volume 200 gallon water tank and hose that can also spray foam. Photo/Tammy Curtis [Order this photo]
With a burn ban in effect and no rain in sight, dry conditions can lead to fires very easily. The Highland Fire Department has recently better prepared their department for these type of incidents with an upgrade on one of their brush trucks.

Highland Fire Chief Kal Dienst explained that, through the help of his department and the generous support of area businesses, the department has removed the pickup bed and installed and painted a used utility bed on the truck.

They have also installed a new 200 gallon baffled tank. Dienst explained the new tank is NFTA approved and prevents sloshing, that can cause weight shifts in the truck while enroute to fire calls.

One of the pieces of equipment he is most proud of is the ultra high pressure, low volume water pump that is connected to the tank. Dienst said the system is the only one in the area and said the sysem will help firefighters in his department during brush and other fires.

The chief explained the very small hose used for this type of pump is much lighter in weight than the traditional hose, and can also be used to spray foam, something the department plans to begin using on brush fires.

He said the system will allow firefighters to spray continuously for over an hour, because the system only uses 3.5 gallons a minute due to the low pressure.

Dienst said he was very thankful to Body Shop Supplies, John's Auto Body and Jack Steele for all the help on the project.

Tony Rook and Jason Deboser, as well as the Highland volunteer fire department, worked on the truck to put into service, just in time to help the community in the event of a fire.



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