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WFD rolls in new Heavy Rescue truck

The new rescue truck is the first Heavy Rescue truck purchased by the department. The new rescue truck is the first Heavy Rescue truck purchased by the department.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Wilmington Fire Department will hold a ceremony Wednesday to officially place a new rescue truck into service.

According to Chief David Hines, the new truck will run out of Station 2 at Empie Park.

The new rescue truck is the first Heavy Rescue truck purchased by the department. It replaces a 1999 Hackney Medium Rescue with 113,000 miles on it.

Hines said some of the safety and operational improvements of the new rescue truck include:

• SCBA air bottle fill station/compressor with the capability to fill 30 bottles per hour with on-board storage space for 19 bottles

• 40 KW generator with light tower

• Capability to run four hydraulic rescue tools simultaneously

• Twice the storage capacity of previous rescue truck

• Wireless headset communications

• Driver and passenger airbags

• Side curtain airbags

• Front or rear mount 9,000 lb. winch

Station 2 crew members will roll out the old rescue truck and roll in the new one around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.

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