Many ad­van­tages

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“We’re very pleased with the truck. It was built on a cus­tom chas­sis and the cab is de­signed to with­stand the en­tire weight of the truck in a rollover. More fire­fight­ers die in rollovers than in fires,” men­tioned Firechief Mike McKenna. The truck car­ries 1,500 gal­lons of wa­ter, can pump 1,750 gal­lons a minute, and car­ries a 2000 gal­lon pool, 4000 feet of hose and longer than av­er­age lad­ders be­cause of the large num­ber of two story build­ings in the re­gion.

“An­other ad­van­tage of this truck is that it has a com­pressed air foam sys­tem, known as a CAFS. This adds a foam con­cen­trate to the wa­ter, mak­ing the wa­ter more ef­fec­tive,” added Mr. McKenna who worked on the de­sign for about a year and then worked closely with the man­u­fac­turer on the con­struc­tion. The truck is equipped with other fea­tures such as lighting built right around the truck that comes on when the fire­fight­ers arrive at a fire. The top of the truck has doors in­stead of can­vas to cover the hosebed, mak­ing it much eas­ier and safer for fire­men to ac­cess and put away the hoses.

The cab of the truck can hold eight fire­fight­ers. “”If we’re called out for mu­tual aid, we can make our game plan en route, as­sign tasks, so when we get there we don’t have to have a meet­ing. There was a lot of plan­ning to make it user­friendly and make the tools ac­ces­si­ble. It was based on the ex­pe­ri­ences we’ve had, the ex­pe­ri­ence of oth­ers and of ex­perts in the field,” ex­plained the Firechief.

In the first six days alone af­ter re­ceiv­ing the truck, it went out on five calls. “I’d like to com­mend the coun­cils of North Hat­ley and Can­ton Hat­ley for choos­ing the spe­cial cab to keep the fire­fight­ers safe. This truck will be ef­fi­cient and rel­e­vant for quite a few years and with our mu­tual aid agree­ments it will help all in the re­gion. It’s a bless­ing,” con­cluded Firechief McKenna.

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