By CHRISTIN COYNE
Peaster Volunteer Fire Department put their first brand new engine into service Wednesday night.
The new Pierce urban interface truck was backed into the station in a special ceremony last week by firefighters who were excited to have a more reliable and versatile vehicle to respond to fire department calls.
The new engine, which cost ESD No. 1 approximately $400,000, replaces a 17-year-old engine that was purchased by the volunteer department in 2000, Deputy Chief Leo Scott said.
The new engine can handle just about anything and, most importantly, is reliable, Scott said.
“It’s got to be able to start when you go up there at night,” Scott said.
The older engine, called the Dragonslayer by firefighters, often had something breaking down and repairs were costly, he said. It has already been sold.
They don’t expect to have the same problems with a brand new engine and hope to be able to do more with it.
“It has the capabilitities to do anything and everything,” Scott said, adding that they can respond to wildland fires and search and rescue calls as well as structure fires with the new truck.
Unlike an engine purchased by a municipality such as Weatherford, their new truck can go off road, use unimproved driveways and go where a typical city fire engine can’t, Scott said.
“It’s big,” Scott said, joking that a ladder is needed to get in the cab.
It has all-wheel drive, an on-board generator, it’s own lighting system and a communications system, he said.
They can even spray water from a turret gun on top or from a gun mounted on the bumper without getting out the truck, he said.
“We’re extremely proud of it,” Scott said. “It’s basically a go anywhere, do anything truck.”