Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue Vehicles
Announces The Arrival Of It’s New Fire Engine!
The new engine was an 18-month process. It required the development of specifications and a trip to the Pierce Manufacturing plant in Appleton, Wisconsin, to draw up plans. Finally in October 2009, two steel rails became the start of the new engine leading to its final inspection March 17th
The new engine’s paint scheme is pewter and red with black reflective striping and has a redesigned department logo. It is capable of pumping up to 1500 gallons of water a minute, carrying 500 gallons of water, and 20 gallons of foam on board for small fires. It features low-draw LED &HID emergency and scene lighting which mean a cost savings since the truck does not need a separate generator as in years past. After looking at many examples from other departments, meeting with several manufacturers who brought their demonstrator units to the station, and attending the annual trade show in Daytona Beach, the committee developed the specifications for the new apparatus. It will be placed in service within the next few weeks after the equipment has to been mounted in the compartments.
By Marshall Eiss, Fire Inspector
Firehouse Sub’s Grant Provides A John Deere Gator
TThe Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District is the proud recipient of a John Deere Gator 825 I XUV courtesy of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. On the second attempt PSFRD was awarded the grant which made it possible to obtain the Gator equipped with a Med Lite patient transport unit. Special Rescue 27, as it is called, is extremely beneficial when moving sick or injured individuals across the vast expanse of the District’s beaches. Due to limited access, it had been necessary to carry patients long distances to awaiting emergency vehicles. The Gator is equipped with emergency lights, siren, and radio, and carries BLS (Basic Life Support) and ALS (Advanced Life Support) supplies. In addition to emergency responses, SR-27 will be utilized during the many special events that occur throughout the District. A big “Thank You” goes out to Firehouse Subs for their support of emergency services.
By Robert O. Polk, Fire Chief