Rescue pumper arrives in Camden
Camden — Following a build process of less than six months, Camden Fire Department's new rescue pumper vehicle arrived at the Robert M. Oxton Annex Jan. 7.
The rescue pumper, which cost $524,282, according to Camden's Nov. 2011 municipal ballot, was constructed by Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wis., beginning in August 2012.
Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley said the vehicle's construction was a relatively straightforward process.
"You don't just go to a manufacturer and say, 'I want that truck,'" Farley said, adding that the town expects at least 25 years of use from the new vehicle.
A committee consisting of members of the Camden Fire Department, representatives from the town's budget committee, and members of the Camden Select Board decided on the vehicle's specifications following visits to trade shows and other fire departments.
Special features on the new rescue pumper include a light tower that raises up from the top of the vehicle, which Farley said will make night operations "much safer" for emergency response personnel.
Farley said the rescue pumper also contains a 40 gallon tank for firefighting foam, which will allow emergency workers to respond to grass, wildland and fuel fires.
According to Farley, the vehicle's additional height allows for increased storage space, enabling the fire department to consolidate equipment such as water rescue equipment.
Full-time Camden Firefighter Cheyne Hansen described the rescue pumper, which will be able to carry up to six emergency personnel, as a toolbox.
"It's going to lend itself to more than just firefighting," Hansen said. "It's gonna be a really handy piece of equipment to have."
Hansen said the rescue pumper's cab configuration is more user friendly thanks to a larger windows and an engine that is set lower on the vehicle's frame, enabling increases in visibility and communication within the vehicle.
The rescue pumpers's front bumper also contains storage space for a 150-foot length of hose, which Hansen said can be used for quick deployment of water or foam.
Chief Farley said a representative from Pierce Manufacturing will provide firefighters both classroom and hands-on instruction regarding the vehicle's use Jan. 26 and 27.
"It's nice to finally have [the rescue pumper] here," Farley said.
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