The Storm Lake Fire Department is pleased to announce that their new Engine 74 will be placed into service on Wednesday morning, September 3, 2008.
Following several years of planning and authorization from the Storm Lake City Council to proceed on the purchase of a new fire truck, a Spartan single axle pumper truck was delivered to the Storm Lake Fire Station last week.
Fire fighters have been equipping the truck and training will be complete tonight.
Engine 74 replaces a 1969 Mack fire truck which has served the community well but had non-replaceable failing equipment.
The new Engine 74 will carry 1000 gallons of water and carry a full compliment of fire fighters, which is six, where the retired truck only carried three fire fighters.
Chief Mike Jones states, "We are extremely appreciative of the support that the City Council and City Administration has shown us in the acquisition of this new fire truck. It will become a first line pumper truck for us and greatly enhances our ability to get a full crew of fire fighters to a scene on all of our trucks. It will also better equip us for multiple calls occurring at the same time."
The fire department reports that Engine 72, a 1981 fire truck will be moved into the reserve truck position for the fire department.
"This new truck is an essential piece of equipment for the department. Our Fire Department is made up of 30 dedicated firefighters who, along with our citizens, deserve the most reliable, effective firefighting apparatus we can provide," commented Patti Moore, City Administrator.