When the Thomas Creek West Side Rural Fire Protection District was looking at upgrading one of its fire engines they were debating whether to pursue a grant which would require purchasing a brand new fire engine, or purchase one that was newer but more affordable.
After consideration, the Fire District has decided to purchase a used 1997 Pierce Lance fire truck from the Hillcrest Fire Company of Orchard Park, N.Y.
According to Mitch Ishida of Thomas Creek West Side Rural Fire Protection District, they were on the lookout for a used fire engine that was for sale, and would upgrade capabilities of the department.
Daniel Tague, fire chief of the Thomas Creek West Side Rural Fire Protection District, provided information about needs in a new fire engine to Ishida and Ben Spence. Spence flew out to New York to look at the fire truck before the purchase was completed.
“I am excited about the new truck,” said Tague.
Ishida mentioned that they used a company called Signal 5 Fire Apparatus, a place where different fire districts and organizations place used items for sale. They also work on transporting purchases to their new home. The company also helps draft offer letters, and assists in negotiations.
According to Ishida, the new fire truck is planned to be shipped from New York on Friday, Feb. 14, and will take about a week for it to arrive in the Lakeview area.
There was talk of pursuing a grant through the federal government, but Thomas Creek felt that the cost would have been prohibitive even if they did get a grant, as the grant would not cover the entire cost of the vehicle.
The new fire engine will replace the current E-ONE at the Five Corner station west of Lakeview, which has been in operation since the early 1980s. At this time the Thomas Creek West Side Rural Fire Protection District has not decided what they will do with the old fire engine, whether to use it elsewhere or sell it to another department.
The new fire engine will feature on-spot chains, which with the touch of a button automatically deploy chains onto tires. According to Ishida, this will save time in emergency response rather than having to manually add chains when weather conditions require them.
It will also have a deck gun, which will allow it to spray water right from the fire engine. It will have updated LED lights, a water tank until a tender can arrive, a new hydraulic ladder rack, and more storage room.
It will also have things to help people out of car wrecks, such as the jaws of life. The fire engine could also be used to fight wildland fires.