UNION TOWNSHIP | The Union Volunteer Fire Department recently added two new weapons to assist fighting fire: a 78-foot aerial quint and a 3,000-gallon tanker-pumper.
Both new trucks will reside at Station 2, 267 North 600 West.
Having an aerial ladder truck at Station 2 will improve the ability to reach rooftops in Shorewood Forest, where there are many multistory homes, Fire Chief Tim Beach said in a press release.
"With an ever-growing population of newly built homes in our township, we want to be as prepared as possible and continue to keep our residents as well as our firefighters safe," Beach said. "This aerial unit allows us quick access to a rooftop without putting a firefighter up there and jeopardizing a member of our department."
The Union Township Trustee’s office funded the new quint at a cost of $568,980. Equipment for the quint, such as hoses, nozzles, air packs, prying tools and scene lights will cost approximately $75,000 and will be paid for by the fire department.
Quint 1222 is a 2011 E-One HP78 Quint manufactured out of Ocala, Fla, and purchased through Fire Service, Inc. in St. John, which is a substantial savings for the township residents, Beach said.
It is a four-man cab which holds 500 gallons of water. The fire truck will be equipped with extrication tools as well as being EMS-ready for any call.
The new pumper-tanker, otherwise known Tanker 1245, was manufactured by Freedom Fire Equipment of Marietta, Ga. It replaces the 1993 KME tanker taken out of service in 2011.
The pumper-tanker is being paid for by the fire department at a cost of $220,000.
By having this new two-seater tanker at Station 2, the department will be able to get 3,000 gallons of water to a location that is not equipped with fire hydrants, Beach said.
"With much of the area in Union Township south of (U.S.) 30 not protected with fire hydrants, this pumper-tanker is critical for us to get water to a location immediately," Beach said.