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Posted: Jan 21, 2022

Driver Hits Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Apparatus, Gets Charged

Police have charged Chesapeake resident Jade Amber Davis with reckless driving after she allegedly rear-ended a Virginia Beach fire truck attending to a crash scene, reports

The incident happened around 7:45 p.m. on the eastbound side of I-264, west of the old toll plaza in Virginia Beach, officials say.

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As the engine was stopped at the single-vehicle crash, which was blocking the traffic lane and shoulder on I-264, Davis’ 2004 Honda Accord struck the back of the apparatus, the report says.

No firefighters were injured, nor was Davis.

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Posted: Jan 21, 2022

Athol (MA) Fire Department Takes Delivery of Pumper

“Kudos Chief Joe Guarnera and Athol (MA) Fire Department on their thoughtful design of our newest apparatus, which will replace a 40-plus-year-old Maxim (with the super-sized, super-square headlights a la National Lampoon’s Vacation),” a Facebook post from a town official reads.

“More seriously, Capt. Eric Jack, F/F Art Shepardson, and the AFD team added unique design features for this custom-built truck to function efficiently for its mission. Thanks Capt. Jamal Hamilton for describing the new pump controls and BOS Chair Rebecca Bialecki for a quick stint as co-pilot.

“The shifts will undergo training throughout the week with hopes by the Chief to put the unit in service by this weekend. Thanks Congressman Jim McGovern and the federal AFG program for funding 90 percent of the cost and Chief Joe for writing the proposal.”

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Posted: Jan 21, 2022

Hard Knox: Mount Vernon (OH) Fire Department Sells Engine One to Training Center for $1

I’d buy that for a dollar (plus $750 for the equipment)!

When the Mount Vernon (OH) Fire Department took over Gambier’s College Township station, one truck became superfluous: Engine One, which had served the township for years.

Instead of junking the vehicle, which officials say works fine, the department decided to donate it to the Knox Technical Center—a local school that trains firefighters, reports

For the low, low price of $1—plus $750 for the equipment—Knox Technical Center became the new owner of Engine One, the report says.

The school had to keep borrowing equipment and apparatus from local fire departments, but now it can offer hands-on training in each class. And the station can fit all its equipment and apparatus.

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Posted: Jan 21, 2022

Great Bend (KS) Fire Department to Finally Get New Apparatus

City council Monday approved the purchase of a new truck for the Great Bend (KS) Fire Department, reports

During a May 17 council meeting, Marmie Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Great Bend was awarded the bid for a new Dodge Ram 5500 apparatus for $78,864, the report says. Its delivery was projected for 2021’s last quarter.

However, the department was notified that Dodge decided not to provide the government pricing on the truck. In addition to a shortage of microchips and other supply chain issues, this thwarted the order, according to the report.

Now, the truck will cost the city $84,828, with the dealer covering what would have been paid by the government discount, the report says. It’s expected to be ordered this week, and city officials hope the price holds. Dealership reps were at Monday’s meeting and said that the dealership can’t guarantee the purchase price until the delivery due to market conditions.

The apparatus will be used to pull the 32-foot Tech Rescue trailer and a Rescue One connector boat with a boat trailer, the report says.

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Posted: Jan 21, 2022

McDonough (GA) Fire Department Getting New Pumper, Ladder for $1.7M

City council recently approved the McDonough Fire Department’s request to purchase new ladder and pumper trucks for a total cost of $1.7 million, reports

The apparatus, which will be paid for using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax V funds, will replace a 22-year-old pumper and an 18-year-old ladder, respectively, the report says.

Ten-8 Fire & Safety LLC of Forsyth will assemble the apparatus, which are expected to be ready in 12 to 15 months, according to the report.

By prepaying for the equipment prior to delivery, the city will save $58,454; it will save an additional $127,000 if contracts are John Hancock’d by January 29. Prepaying for equipment is a first for the department, but it’s a common practice in the industry, according to the report.

The department’s current two trucks will remain in the fleet until the new apparatus arrive, at which point they’ll be reserves.

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