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Dublin Fire Department trains with new truck

Dublin Fire truck 1-webBy TRAVIS HANDY

travis@southwesttimes.com

Dublin Fire Department participated in new truck training Monday night to learn the systems and controls for their new $669,000 custom-built Pierce PUC Rescue Engine. The new truck will be used in response to about 80 percent of calls and will replace two older vehicles: one engine and one rescue vehicle, both 1985 models.

The new truck has improved extrication tools and a generator all on board to speed up the rescue process at scenes. It also has more lights and light towers to provide increased visibility on scene. It includes a six-man enclosed cab, rollover protection and airbags.

After a lecture session preceding the training, Dublin firefighters observed as Fred Mills of Atlantic Emergency Solutions, a Pierce representative from Vinton, explained automated controls such as the truck’s pump panel. Another highlight was the improved safety features in the cab of the truck. Dublin Fire Chief Ronnie McClure expressed his gratitude to the town of Dublin and Pulaski County for their support in making it possible to obtain the new piece of equipment.

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