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“> See all stories on this topic High Point Fire Department presents brand-new trucks PEAK– Three brand-new firetrucks are ready to roll through the streets of High Point. The Peak Fire Department recently purchased 3 brand-new trucks– a ladder truck and 2 pumper trucks, which pump water to a fire. The brand-new trucks are part of the department’s replacement strategy to keep its fleet in good shape. The trucks are replaced about every 15 years. “Right now we’re playing capture up. We were behind since of the economy and economic crisis we got behind on buying trucks,” Fire Chief Tommy Reid stated. “We craft a strategy that fulfills National Fire Protection Company requirements and that plan is getting us back on track.” In 2014, the department purchased to new trucks, and they’re preparing to buy 3 more next month. With the price tag on the ladder truck right at $1 million and the pumper trucks about $500,000 each, they aren’t low-cost. “If you think of it, the life of these trucks is pretty good for what they do. The ones we’re replacing have more than 100,000 miles on them and those are city miles, they aren’t run up and down the highway,” Reid stated. “These trucks are running a couple thousand calls a year and they are hard start and stop city miles, and they’re simply running these trucks in about a mile, mile-and-a-half location.” The two pumper trucks are going to stations No. 2 and No. 8 while the ladder truck is going to station No. 7. Some of the trucks being replaced will be moved from downtown stations that get more calls to stations in the northern portion of the city to extend the truck’s life. The others will be moved into the department’s reserve fleet while older ones in reserves are auctioned off. “Generally when we auction them off they’re used for scraps because when we get done with them, they’re broken,” Reid said. “After Twenty Years with us they’re so old and outdated it’s beyond exactly what a municipal department would require.” The new trucks also come geared up with more safety functions, consisting of …
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