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November 23, 2012


New engines, fire department equipment displayed at open house

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 open house.
PHOTO: Firefighters demonstrate how a ladder on a fire engines is moved.  Photo by Rob Schuette
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.”

PHOTO: Members of a Medlink helicopter crew (right) from Gundersen-Lutheran answer questions. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 House.

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.

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