(Owensboro) – The Daviess County Fire Department unveiled two custom pumper trucks on Monday, August 15 at the Airport Station.
“As the fire service evolves, so must our response,” said Fire Chief Jeremy Smith. “We responded to over 4100 calls last year across the county, so having reliable equipment is vital for the fire department as well as the county residents we protect.”
The two Spartan custom engines have the capability of flowing 1250 gallons per minute (GPM) of water.
“These new trucks have more space than our current trucks and will allow us to carry much needed extra equipment,” Chief Smith said. “Our goal is to be as proficient as possible in our response to an incident, so having the extra space will afford us the opportunity to carry our equipment on one unit.”
The pumper truck will be the first unit out of the station on any structure fire or large incident.
“It has all types of rescue equipment, including what most people call the ‘jaws of life’ if there’s a bad vehicle accident,” he added.
One of the new pumper trucks will be based at the Airport Station and the other apparatus will go to the East Station on Highway 54.
The Fire Department will send its existing pumper trucks to volunteer stations in the county.
“I want to thank Daviess County Fiscal Court for recognizing the need for these trucks and understanding it gives our citizens the best care and allows us to have good vehicles to respond out,” Smith concluded.