(11/29/2005)

Grantsville receives new $155,000 pumper-tanker truck last night

Chief Johnson checks out panel on 1000 gpm pumper

Jerry Riggs (left) and Dave Johnson (right) examine
quick-deploy portable water tank that aids rural fire fighting

After dozens of hot dog sales, raffles, dinners, donations and a $90,000 grant, the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department received their new fire truck last night.

The $155,000 apparatus is a 1000-gallon-per-minute pumper. It is also a tanker, hauling 2,000 gallon of water, according to fire chief Dave Johnson.

"It has about the biggest engine available, which hopefully will help it pull some of the hills out of Grantsville," he said.

The pumper-tanker is the first new truck placed in service since 1990. "All of our trucks are getting very old and worn out," said Johnson, indicating other new apparatus will have to be purchased soon.

"We're grateful to the public for the support and dollars to make this happen," said Johnson. Replacement of vital equipment is essential for the community to enjoy lower fire insurance rates.

Volunteers began to familiarize themselves with the new truck last evening, including a rapid-deployable portable water tank which helps the department fight fires in areas that do not have hydrants.

Johnson said it will take several days for the equipment to be placed on the new truck, in addition to training, before the truck can be placed in operation.

The new truck was acquired through Dils Fire and Safety in Ravenswood.

"Boston" fires-up red light, siren and air horn

"Pretty fancy compartment lighting"


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