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County’s new fire engine has gotten to the brand-new station Prince Edward County’s brand-new fire engine was a star of Canada Day celebrations Friday as its 107-foot aerial ladder, embellished with the Canadian flag, might be seen from the length of the newly-opened Picton Main Street. The fire department took delivery of the $1.2 million Pierce Ascendant truck last week at its brand-new station on McDonald Drive. The department is making its move to there over the next week or two – – just in time, as the facility on King Street is too small for the state-of-the-art truck. Though he’s had a lot of experience driving big automobiles and equipment, Mayor Robert Quaiff satisfied a lifelong dream of driving a fire engine and handily drove it out the huge bay doors, around the building, and back to its location. “It was a tough choice for council to spend the cash but after seeing it and learning more about its security, and other features, exactly what a great choice we’ve made. It will help the municipality and our firefighters,” stated Quaiff. “You have to provide individuals the proper tools and devices to do their task and to help make sure security in the community.” Fire Chief Scott Manlow said the truck changes an aging 50-foot aerial requiring expensive repair works as well as gets rid of the need to purchase a $350,000 pumper truck to the fleet this year. “Council did ride through hard tumultuous times over this truck however I know they made the ideal choice,” said Manlow. During Wednesday’s unveiling, the Chief described the new single axle truck’s maneuverability, enabling it to travel through Picton’s tight turns where the old double axle needed stopping and backing up to get through. He likewise described its ability to pump 1,250 gallons of water per minute from its 500 gallon tank which means “not just can we fight the fire, but we can also work ahead of it and safeguard neighbouring buildings.” It likewise has the ability to level itself for safe use at the scene, saving valuable time over t.
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Ladder 1 rejoins Wiscasset fleet Thirteen months after a lost wheel grounded the Wiscasset Fire Department’s ladder truck throughout a training exercise, the automobile is once again road-ready. Fire Chief T.J. Merry told the Wiscasset Paper Friday afternoon, Ladder 1 has been road-tested and is back in service. The department utilized it in a training exercise June 29. Merry stated the repairs pertained to nearly $18,000, about $8,000 more than budgeted for maintenance on all of the fire trucks in the 2015-16 spending plan. The fiscal year ended June 30. Because of the vehicle’s age and the reality this model of fire engine is no longer made, the mechanic doing the repairs had to search the nation to obtain parts required for the repairs. “It was a struggle however the business we hired finally located the parts they required,” included Merry. Dependence Fire Pump & Aerial Ladder of Vassalboro, a business that specializes in fire engine repair and maintenance, did the work. Fixing the truck cost a fraction of what it would require to replace the car. Merry stated a brand-new pumper truck with a similar 75-foot turning extension ladder would cost between $750,000 and $1 million. “The life span of a fire engine is in between 20 to 25 years. Our ladder truck is 27 years old,” he stated. Mechanically, the truck is still in great running order. The truck headed out of service on the evening of June 10, 2015. The truck was en route back to the station when, without warning, a wheel on the passenger side sheared off the rear axle. Among the battle wheels bounded to the opposite side of the roadway and careened into a parked vehicle, smashing out its rear window, then striking an utility pole, which caused an hour-long power interruption. No one was hurt in the accident on Gardiner Roadway near Little Village Bistro. Merry said considering that the mishap, the department has actually started changes in the method the wheels are protected. Ladder 1 is a 1989 Thibault model made by Carl Thibault, the oldest maker of emergency automobiles in Canada. & nb …
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