Fire Department rightly proud of new truck

MEMBERS OF THE PLYMOUTH City Council got a first-hand look at the Plymouth Fire Department’s newest truck after their last meeting.

The department took possession of their newest truck last month, Rescue Truck Number Eight. Fire Chief Denis Fellows and Director of Public Safety Jeffrey Tauscheck eagerly showed it off to the council members, who had approved the purchase about a year ago.

The new truck replaced a 20-year-old unit that was nearing the end of its useful life. The old truck might have lasted another five years or so, but it would have required additional maintenance to do so and it was a matter of the further investment not being worth the cost.

Instead, the new truck was purchased for cash from Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, as the city had enough money set aside in the fire department equipment capital fund account to cover the $570,000-plus cost – getting a discount of more than $25,000 for paying in full at the time of purchase.

The city was able to save taxpayer dollars while still providing stateof the-art fire protection equipment – a win all the way around.

The new truck came equipped with Edraulic Jaws of Life rescue equipment.

The new tools, powered by electric power packs instead of the hydraulics used before, will make the rescue equipment more portable and efficient as well as easier to use in confined spaces and at greater distances from the fire truck.

That means the department will be able to provide even better services at fires and accident scenes. The department will be better able to fulfill its mission to save lives and property with the new equipment.

The members of the fire department, led by Fire Chief Denis Fellows, did an excellent job of researching their needs and the equipment available in putting together the specifications for this new truck.

They did due diligence and put in the extra time and effort necessary to ensure that the new truck would be the best available for the money and serve all the needs of the department and, more importantly, the public they serve and protect.

City officials wisely charged the department with the task, then even more wisely followed their recommendation and advice in approving the final purchase.

The choice came down to the Pierce truck or one from Marion Body Works that cost less but did not have as much equipment and storage capacity as the Pierce.

It was truly a case where the lesser price was not the best buy. No one would want the fire department to respond to a fire or other emergency without all the equipment they might possibly need to save lives and property readily available on the truck they respond with.

As the new Rescue Truck Number Eight will be the department’s first unit out on calls, according to Fellows, that was an important consideration and makes the ultimate choice even wiser.

The volunteer firefighters who protect us deserve our support and our thanks for their sacrifices and service. They also deserve the best equipment and tools to work with as they fulfill their commitment to all of us.

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