JAMESTOWN – After much anticipation, the Jamestown Fire Department unveiled their new pumper trucks to the public on Monday, touting what department leaders say are much needed safety improvements.
The engines go into service this week, following a two-year process creating the custom built 2020 Spartan Four Guy Class A Pumpers, which cost over one million dollars each.
The new trucks, Jamestown Fire Chief Matthew Coon says, greatly improve firefighter safety sporting new zip-off seat covers.
“These reduce contaminants inside of the cabs. We have something that is actually removable and washable, alright, try to keep the carcinogens down that are brought into the cab through efforts of firefighting,” said Coon while touring the truck with WNY News Now.
Safety and ease of access to equipment were the main factors in the design process. Another significant change with the rear hose racks, which were lowered allowing quick access when arriving at a fire.
“This hose bed is about 13 inches lower than previous designs and we have a lower grab rail. So a member that’s gonna deploy a hose from up here, they can simply come up like this (as) it’s an easier step for them and they have everything ready at their hands,” said Coon.
He says that this is important in establishing a quick initial attack while fighting a fire.
“What that means loosely translated is the sooner we can get to the fire, the smaller the fire hopefully is gonna be when we get there so we can extinguish it,” furthered Coon. “The larger a fire obviously the fire is, the harder it is for us to extinguish it.”
Another safety feature to note is where the ladders are mounted.
“Having them inside of here will keep them out of the weather. If we’re driving to a scene on a 32 degree day where there’s wet snow and the ladder rungs would get all icey and that’s hazard, so having them in here keeps them dry, keeps them in a relatively warm environment, so when we deploy them they’re ready to go,” said Coon.
Both engines are expected to hit the streets this week and will replace previous trucks, with Engine 3 going to the Newland Avenue Station and Engine 4 being placed at the Allen Street Station.
Coon’s full tour of the trucks is posted on our YouTube page.