Warsaw Welcomes New Fire Truck

By: 
Judy Kramer
County Reporter
The Warsaw Fire Protection District (FPD) recently purchased a new Peterbilt fire truck that far outshines and replaces the Department’s 1967 model that has served the District for about 50 years. The new glossy red model is 10 feet tall and 29 feet long, compared to the old truck that is about seven and a half feet tall and 22 feet long. The new vehicle has the ability to pump 1,250 gallons of water per minute, compared to 750 GPM in the old truck, and firefighters can now sit on air ride seats in the cabin with power steering and air conditioning. They will be more comfortable than they were while riding on a bench seat without modern equipment. Oh! The back of the new truck sports an eye-catching picture of the Warsaw High School Wildcat. 
“The truck is a 2014 model that was built from scratch and purchased at Fire Master Fire Equipment, Inc. in Springfield,” said Rob Lane, Chief of the Warsaw FPD. “The truck sat on the lot until we bought it, so it is in brand new condition. The purchase price was a good deal at $245,000. We had been putting money aside for a new truck for a while and were able to buy it outright without having to ask for additional taxpayer money.”
The new model has ladders, on the side, and hoses on top.  Some firefighting equipment will also be moved from the old truck to the new one. The truck is a 2,000 gallon pumper tanker. It can be used as a pump tank or as a tanker that shuttles water from wherever it can get it during a response to a fire.
“We find water to fill the tanker in whatever location we can, including swimming pools with owner permissions,” said Lane.
The old WFPD fire truck had a front mounted pump, and was jointly owned by the rural fire department and the City of Warsaw. It is being sent to the Central Polk County Fire Department in Missouri. 
There are 24 members of the all-volunteer WFPD. One is a certified EMT and another is in EMT training. The department is not required to have EMTs, since an ambulance often accompanies fire trucks to their calls, but in the event that an ambulance is unavailable, medical help is still available. Members train two times a month on such things as basic fire fighting, extraction, rescue, and they practice pumping and doing water shuttles.
The WFPD has responded to two major, news-making fires in recent history including the arson fire at the American Legion Hall on August 11, 2017, and one at The Landing, Restaurant and Boutique, in August of 2016, thought to have been caused by an electrical short. The Department has also recently performed a vehicle extraction and had to rescue a gentleman who fell between buildings. 
“However, we haven’t rescued any cats from trees,” said Lane. “Have you ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree?”

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