New Fire Truck Ar­rives On The Scene

SUBSTATION ALSO ON TAP FOR FARM­ING­TON

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARM­ING­TON — Farm­ing­ton Fire De­part­ment’s new 2017 fire en­gine will hold more than twice the gal­lons of wa­ter as a reg­u­lar fire en­gine, ac­cord­ing to Chief Mark Cun­ning­ham.

The new en­gine, a pumper-tanker, holds 2,500 gal­lons of wa­ter, as com­pared to 1,000 gal­lons of wa­ter, and was pur­chased with

fees paid by mem­bers of the Farm­ing­ton-Prairie Grove Ru­ral Fire As­so­ci­a­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion pur­chased the fire en­gine from Pierce Man­u­fac­tur­ing in Sara­sota, Fla., for about $400,000, which in­cludes the truck and all equip­ment. It ar­rived on the scene in March.

The new truck will al­low fire­fight­ers to fight a fire a lot longer be­fore an­other tanker has to show up, Cun­ning­ham said. It will re­place the de­part­ment’s 1997 En­gine 2, which was sold to High­way 51 Fire De­part­ment in Stil­well, Okla.

“We needed a truck with a lot more wa­ter on it and the old truck had is­sues,” Cun­ning­ham said in ex­plain­ing why the ru­ral as­so­ci­a­tion pur­chased a new fire truck.

Cun­ning­ham said the new en­gine mainly will be for ar­eas that do not have fire hy­drants and will be on call to as­sist with fires in the city, un­in­cor­po­rated ar­eas and other com­mu­ni­ties in west­ern Wash­ing­ton County.

Along with fire­fight­ing equip­ment, the new truck will have ex­tri­ca­tion equip­ment to help in other emer­gen­cies.

It was Cun­ning­ham’s choice to go with a new, bold, black and red look for the new truck. His fa­vorite col­ors are black and red and he had seen this on other en­gines and liked it.

“Ev­ery­one kinda fought me on it but I wanted it,” Cun­ning­ham said.

Af­ter the new truck ar­rived, fire­fight­ers have ad­mit­ted they like the look, Cun­ning­ham said. One sug­ges­tion has been to re­paint En­gine 1 red and black to match the new en­gine.

Along with a new fire truck, Farm­ing­ton Fire De­part­ment also will have an un­manned fire substation on Broyles Street, as part of the new pub­lic works build­ing.

The city is pur­chas­ing seven acres of land from Farm­ing­ton School Dis­trict lo­cated along Broyles in the north­west corner of un­de­vel­oped land next to Wil­liams El­e­men­tary School.

The size of the new pub­lic works build­ing will in­crease from 9,000 square feet to 11,100 to­tal square feet, to ex­pand the of­fice space and pro­vide a bay for a fire de­part­ment substation.

Mayor Ernie Penn and City Busi­ness Man­ager Melissa McCarville re­cently ap­proved an ad­di­tional fee of $19,775 to Key Ar­chi­tec­ture Inc., of Fayetteville, to make changes in the orig­i­nal de­sign plans to ac­com­mo­date the ex­tra space. This brings to­tal ar­chi­tec­tural fees to about $97,000.

Cun­ning­ham said the bay will be 20 feet wide and 80 feet long and will be called Substation 2.

Cun­ning­ham has dis­cussed the need for a fire substation in Farm­ing­ton for many years. He’s wanted one on Broyles Street and said he dis­cussed the idea with Penn and pub­lic works di­rec­tor Floyd Shel­ley to add a substation to the pub­lic works build­ing.

Penn last week said adding a bay to the pub­lic works build­ing seemed to be a cost-ef­fec­tive way to have a fire substation in that area of town.

A wall would sep­a­rate the pub­lic works build­ing from the fire bay and fire­fight­ers would have their own ac­cess into the substation when they are called to emer­gen­cies.

An­other ad­van­tage to the substation, Cun­ning­ham said, is that it should help the city’s in­surance rat­ing.

He plans to put a fire­fight­ing ve­hi­cle and a med­i­cal re­sponse truck in the new bay. He will not have any­one sta­tioned there. Farm­ing­ton has sev­eral fire­fight­ers who live in that area and they will be able to get to the substation quickly to re­spond to emer­gen­cies, Cun­ning­ham said.

In all, Farm­ing­ton has nine fire ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing three en­gines, two brush trucks, an 18-wheeler wa­ter tanker that holds 6,000 gal­lons, an air sup­ply/med­i­cal truck, a res­cue truck and the chief’s ve­hi­cle. En­gine 3 is sta­tioned at Prairie Grove Fire De­part­ment.

LYNN KUT­TER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Farm­ing­ton Fire De­part­ment went for a new bold look with its new 2017 fire en­gine pur­chased with money from the Farm­ing­ton-Prairie Grove Ru­ral Fire As­so­ci­a­tion.

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