|Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Fort McCoy firefighters unveiled their newest fire engines, as well as
the other equipment they use to support emergencies, during a Nov. 7
Fort McCoy Fire Department firefighters demonstrate how a ladder
on one of the two new Pierce Saber fire engines that
recently were fielded is moved to a supporting position during an
open house at Fort McCoy.
The two new fire engines, Pierce Sabers, are pumpers and were made by
Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wis.
Assistant Fire Chief Dave Butler said the new vehicles replace equipment
manufactured in the late 1980s.
Each engine has a 1,500-gallon-per-minute pumping capability, with a
self-contained 800-gallon water tank.
The vehicles were funded by the Department of the Army as part of an
Armywide upgrade program.
Fort McCoy received two of the approximately 22 vehicles made as part of
the order, he said.
“The older vehicles gave us a very useful life, but needed a lot of
maintenance to keep in operation,” Butler said. “The new equipment will
be more dependable and offers us more up-to-date features, such as a
bigger crew cab.”
Members of a Medlink helicopter crew (right) from
Gundersen-Lutheran answer questions about the aircraft and their
emergency mission during a Fort McCoy Fire Department Open
Butler said the larger cab will allow firefighters to wear more of
their gear while responding to an emergency, have easier access to their
gear, provide a comfortable ride and include the latest safety features,
such as a self-contained breathing apparatus for each seat.
“These pumpers will be a good asset for our mutual-aid agreements with
local departments,” Butler said. “This will give us a reserve pumper and
more capability for mutual aid.”
Curt Ladwig, fire prevention inspector, said the Fire Department open
house showcased fire department equipment and how it is used to support
the safety of the installation work force.
People could view and go through the equipment and ask firefighters
questions about it.
A Medlink helicopter and crew from Gundersen-Lutheran also attended, and
the crew answered questions about their organization and emergency role.
Anyone in the Fort McCoy community, especially parents and children, is
welcome to stop at Fire Station 1, building 1680, or Fire Station 2,
building 6055, to learn more about fire safety, tour the facility and
view fire equipment, during business hours, Ladwig said.
For more information about fire safety/prevention issues in the Fort
McCoy community, call Ladwig at 608-388-4077.