City adds new fire truck to arsenal

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, January 16, 2014

Truck will be equipped to handle wrecks, fuel fires

The Troy Fire Department will have a new truck by summertime. Pike County and the City of Troy will split the $97,000 price tag for an emergency response vehicle that will include features tailored for motor vehicle wrecks and rescues.

“We’re excited about it,” said Thomas Outlaw, chief of the Troy Fire Department.

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The vehicle will have four-wheel drive that will allow rescuers to drive off-road to the scene of an accident.

Its markings will make the truck more visible than the current one, and it will be large enough to store all of the necessary equipment for a wreck on any road in the county.

“When we go to a wreck, we’ll have a truck that has foam, with the works, so we won’t have to wait on a truck to get there and pump water,” Outlaw said. “We’ll have a 300-gallon water tank on there and we’ll be able to flow the foam. Really, that’s the only thing you can put out with a fuel fire.”

The truck is larger than the one it replaces, allowing for all of the equipment needed for wrecks or farm accidents.

“It is going to be a lot safer and a lot more visible,” he said. “It’s going to save a lot of lives.”

The truck will be ready within 120 days.