Created: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 05:55:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 09:37:37 EST
Baldwin County's Fire Rescue garages now house three brand new SPLOST funded fire fighting trucks.
"They'll be replacing 3 pumpers we have in service now," said Baldwin County Fire Chief Troy Reynolds.
The trucks were formally introduced to citizens and commissioners last week but havent hit the streets yet. These trucks possess features that their predecessors did not.
"Those trucks were built in '94, so a lot of the safety regulations have changed for the better to protect the firefighters and the trucks," said Reynolds.
The trucks are load with storage space and pump systems are now controlled by computers. The trucks are equipped with a 1000 gallon water tank to go along with hydrant connectors and a foam system.
"This truck's built to be a firetruck," said Reynolds.
The new purchases now leaves the department with three extra trucks. It's a problem Reynold is glad to have. He says the new red machines come at a perfect time as the department is trying to increase its ISO rating. One of the older trucks will be used as a reserve.
"A reserve pumper is part of this credit. So, we will evaluate those and we will retain one for that," he said. "We'll re-evaluate them and most likely be sold in auction."
Reynolds says training will take about three weeks. Training must be complete before they are put into rotation.