Andover Fire Department Prepares New Engine For Service

By Olivia Haselwood
Andover Leader – January 30, 2017

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Andover firefighters had a unique experience last week when inspecting their new firetruck.

The Pierce engine was constructed in Appleton, Wisconsin, near the Green Bay Packers stadium. So when in Rome, or in this case, when near Lambeau Field, inspect the fire truck there.

Several firefighters traveled to Wisconsin to inspect Engine 16.

“This is a culmination of a year’s work of planning,” fire chief Chad Russell said. “The truck is replacing the 1990 Central States pumper that is being sold to Cassoday for $1.”

The truck was custom built based on specifics from Andover firemen calling for them to travel to inspect and review the certification testing for the vehicle.

“Since Appleton is only a few miles from Green Bay, we got to do on our road tests at Lambeau,” Russell said. “It gives us the opportunity to move the truck at highway speeds for a distance and us to find a few issues that need to be fixed.”

After the issues are fixed the truck will be delivered to Pierce’s shop in Olathe.

“The dealer will attach some of the equipment that was purchased and do a final inspection,” Russell said. “The truck will then be delivered to us at our fire station.”

The engine is costing the department $620,000, however the funds are coming from savings after fire department bonds were refinanced.

“The replacement is within the guidelines set for in our vehicles replacement plan,” Russell said. “We refinanced some older bonds that had high interest rates and were able to save enough in interest to pay for the truck. It’s never free money, but this money was money that would have been spent on interest and now gets to be spent on equipment. The new engine will be light years ahead of the one that it is replacing in capability as well as safety.”

Engine 16 will carry 750 gallons of water and pump 1500 gallons per minute. It will be capable of holding six seats and include full rollover and front crash protection for riders.

“We expect to have the vehicle in service by March 1 and have a wet down ceremony after that to welcome her to the fleet,” Russell said.


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