New pumper in­creases Amherst Fire Depart­ment’s ca­pac­ity to fight fires

2018 Me­tal­fab pumper en­tered ser­vice last week

The Amherst News - - NEWS - By Dar­rell Cole Amherst News dar­rell.cole@amher­st­

AMHERST – Amherst has made a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in its fire depart­ment.

The Amherst Fire Depart­ment re­cently re­ceived a 2018 pumper from Me­tal­fab in Cen­tre­ville, N.B. The pumper, val­ued at more than $500,000, is now in ser­vice and re­places a 10-year old pumper that will now be used as a re­serve.

An older truck will be taken out of ser­vice and will go into the town’s sur­plus auc­tion.

“This is a huge ad­di­tion to our depart­ment,” Chief Greg Jones said. “On av­er­age, a fire truck will last 25 to 30 years. This truck will serve our needs for many years.”

Jones said the new truck has a va­ri­ety of fea­tures that will help fire­fight­ers bet­ter fight fires in the area in­clud­ing a tele­scop­ing mon­i­tor gun for the long range throw­ing of wa­ter at a fire.

“There are three or four dif­fer­ent things that will re­ally help us,” Jones said.

The pumper has more room for crew and the com­part­ments are lit by LED lights, which places less strain on the truck.

Jones said the depart­ment be­gan re­view­ing its needs about four years ago and a new pumper was quickly iden­ti­fied. It’s the first full fire truck the depart­ment has purchased in 10 years.

By mak­ing the pur­chase, Jones said, the town is send­ing a mes­sage to its fire­fight­ers and to the com­mu­nity that it’s pre­pared to in­vest in the equip­ment that al­lows the depart­ment to fight fires to the best of its abil­i­ties.

Fund­ing for the truck came from the town’s 2016-17 cap­i­tal bud­get.

Dar­rell Cole – Amherst News

Amherst Fire Chief Greg Jones looks over his depart­ment’s new­est ad­di­tion, a 2018 pumper truck.

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