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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