Tupelo Fire department gets upgraded truck

TUPELO – Fire Station No. 6 has a new fire engine that should make fighting fires safer and more efficient.
The new $513,000 truck replaces one the department had for more than 20 years. Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Walker said the new engine has capabilities that no other one in the seven-truck fleet has.
“It is better than our old one in every way,” said Walker. “It has a roll and pump option where we can spray foam out on plane crashes or other dangerous hazards. We can spray foam without putting firemen in harm’s way. We can deal with chemical spills better. There are just so many things that this new engine will help us do.”
The truck also has a 1,000-gallon water tank, where the other trucks have only 500- and 750- gallon tanks. The intercom system on the truck allows firemen to talk over the loud engine noise.
Driver Paul Bailey said the new engine is safer than any truck he’s driven.
“The brakes are better, it steers betters and it rides a lot smoother than trucks we’ve had in the past,” said Bailey. “We have a foam and water tank, so we can fight fires more efficiently. It’s just a better truck.”
Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr. said the new truck will improve the city’s fire rating.
Walker said there are still some bugs that have to be worked out of the truck with some of the gauges, but most of the nine men who work at Station No. 6 have gone through training on it and it should be ready to hit the streets in a couple of days.
“The department and the citizens are really going to benefit from having this new fire engine,” said Walker. “Everyone will be safer because of it.”

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