Pumper truck unveiled at national fire/rescue event
The Panama City Beach Fire Rescue will soon take possession of a new fire truck manufactured by Pierce.
The custom-built pumper was recently the center of attention at the annual Fire-Rescue International Association of Fire Chief’s Conference and Expo Aug. 7-10 in Atlanta. The truck was designed by the PCB Fire Rescue Department to meet specific needs related to beach fire service.
Special features of the truck include:
- Smarter utilization of space, such as a storage bin in the front of the truck to readily access vehicle excavation equipment.
- Lowered hose beds for easier access to minimize injuries.
- Added a fifth seat.
- Followed clean cab technology utilizing vinyl and stainless materials for easier decontamination.
- Added extra compartments located outside of truck.
- Utilizes high-intensity LED lights for greater visibility.
This new pumper will be placed at Engine 32 on Hutchison Boulevard near Front Beach Road. Its smaller size makes it more efficient for use in congested areas to the east. The current Engine 32 truck on the east end will be renamed Engine 30 and moved to the new fire station on Nautilus, expected to be completed in April. All three fire stations have one pumper and one rescue vehicle for Advanced Life Support (ALS) calls.
After the conference, the truck is back in Bradenton, Fla., where it was manufactured. There it will undergo further testing before it is delivered to PCB.
“It is a work truck, all designed to run more safely and efficiently,” said Deputy Chief Ray Morgan. “We are very excited our City Council continues to invest in fire and rescue protection for our citizens and visitors.”
During fiscal year 2017-18, the PCB Fire Rescue responded to 4,513 incidents -- an average of 12.4 per day.
Deputy Fire Chief Ray Morgan, Lt. Craig Robarts and Capt. Tim Smith pose with the City’s new fire truck on display at the Fire Chief’s Conference and Expo recently in Atlanta.
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