The Newark Fire Dept. took possession of its new pumper last week as 13 volunteer members went out to Wisonsin to take delivery and drive the truck to Newark.
The Newark Fire Department received its new Pierce pumper fire truck last Saturday, to conclude a two-and-a-half year process.
“From the day that we formed the committee to the time that we picked the truck up is about two-and-a-half years,” said Newark Chief Mike Colacino. “There were 13 people on the truck committee who worked on this for 21/2 years, to meet and go through the specs, the pre-built trip out to Wisconsin. It took thousands of man-hours to complete.
“Once (the plan) is approved and the contracts are signed, it takes about six weeks to run through the plant. It’s a pretty impressive operation out there, too. On average, five trucks leave there a day.”
The truck was driven to Newark from Appleton, WI., by fire department members as 13 firemen made the trip to the Midwestern community.
The new truck replaces the 25-year-old 1989 Seagraves pumper.
“That truck will be sold at auction,” said Colacino. “It’s not something that can be sold to another fire department and put in service without having several of the NFPA mandated improvements done to it. It has open jump seats, which is now illegal.”
The new pumper cost $600,000, and has the latest in fire fighting technology. The anticipated life of the truck is 23 to 25 years, which averages out to less than $30,000 per year.
The truck will pump 1509 gallons of water per minute, and has a 1000-gallon tank. The truck it is replacing had a 500-gallon tank.
“The tank water helps us at a fire as it gives the guys more time to attack the fire as the guys are hooking up to the hydrant,” said Dick Colacino, Mike Colacino’s father and the Arcadia Town Supervisor who also was on the 13-man committee to purchase the truck.
Some of the other features including a larger capacity pump; built-in foam system; more room, enclosed four-man crew cab where firefighters can be outfitted with self-contained breathing apparatus while en route to the fire and be prepared as soon as they arrive on-scene; side-cushion air bags; onboard computer system, like a black box, which records everything from vehicle speed, lights, history, tells the whole history like a black box on an airplane; passenger-side cameras for when switching lanes; rearview camera; will have four cameras on all four sides of the truck that are activated when the truck is started, can be used for back-up data and for training; the lamps are all LED, which draws very low current and rarely need to be replaced.
The cab also tips up for easy access to the engine and the pump for maintenance. It has an internal drying system for when wet items are put back to their storage places, they can dry out while the outer doors closed.
Page 2 of 2 - The truck will average between eight and 10 miles a gallon, as did the truck it is replacing.
“It’s the hours and run time on a truck like this that you’re concerned about, not the mileage,” Chief Colacino said.
“This has all new emissions engine, it is clean burn. They claim the air going in is dirtier than the air going out, after it’s been filtered. This engine does not require any of the new emissions filtering systems that we had on the old apparatus.”
The truck was made in America.
“This is one of the few things that the Japanese haven’t copied,” Supervisor Colacino said with a smile. “There are a lot of vehicles out at the Pierce factory for China and Japan.
“Those one and two-million dollar crash trucks in the Middle East airports that they have to have, they don’t build those in China. They haven’t copied us, yet.”
Three of the six Newark trucks are Pierce.
“We like the standardization in the volunteer department that no matter which one of the trucks you get into, it’s nice to have all of your controls pretty much in the same place,” Chief Colacino said. “It just makes it easier for our firefighters to drive the apparatus. We’re 100 percent volunteer department.
“Our village board is 100 percent is supportive of our fire service. There are no paid personnel here. In turn, (the board) gives us the absolute best in technology and tools to do our job. Our insurance service organization rating is Class 4 in the village, which is remarkable for an all-volunteer department. Some rural departments go as high as a Class 9 rating, which makes the people in their fire district’s insurance higher.”