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The Stamford Fire Department has a brand new fire engine. But Deputy Chief Eric Lorenz says it's more than just a new piece of equipment.
The engine is really the workhorse of our fleet and our firefighters rely very heavily on it to answer calls and to take them to and from those calls safely,” says Lorenz.
Lorenz says the engine is the first of three that will be provided to the Department this year. And for those who put their lives on the line, a new engine makes a big difference.
“It definitely increases morale,” says Lorenz. “The guys can count on the rig. Not to mention that this is the apparatus that’s going to be supplying water to those firefighters when they enter these structures that are on fire, so they want something that’s reliable and that they can stake their life on.”
The new truck, which was received in October and put into operation in January, is the first new engine Fire Station 9 has seen since 2007. It will replace a 20-year-old vintage engine; and the Deputy Chief says designing the new truck was a team effort.
“This particular pumper was designed by a committee and the committee consisted of a Deputy Chief, Captain, Lieutenant, and a firefighter,” Lorenz says. “So each of the ranks within our fire department were represented. All the firefighters and all the officers that are currently in our department had input into the design of the apparatus.”
Lorenz says the new engine will see over 2,000 calls in just one year. And he says the truck has several new features that may help save lives.
“This particular apparatus is designed to carry extra water and hose,” says Lorenz. “It has a thousand galloon water tank on it and it carries 2,000 feet of supply hose, so in areas that are not serviced by fire hydrants, it’s carrying extra water on board to fight fires there.”
The Deputy Chief says the truck is also designed to source water from unconventional sources such as rivers and ponds. And of course, there are new features to keep the firefighters safer as well.
“This truck actually has roll-over protection and air bags to protect the firefighters in the even that they’re involved in an accident.”
Lorenz says the Department expects the engine to serve the community for more than 15 years. He says the other two new engines will arrive in the Spring.