Quite a Christmas present arrived just a few days early for Toledo firefighters a new 1,500 gallon / minute pumper was delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
It replaces a 1991 model which had a 1,250 gallon per-minute pumping capacity.
Purchase of the new truck was in keeping with the long-standing Toledo Fire Department policy of vehicle replacement when they reaches 20-years in age.
The new Toledo Fire department pumper was delivered Wednesday, Dec. 12, and firefighters received instruction on its operation at their regular weekly meeting on Thursday night.
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The new pumper features a custom Spartan brand cab and chassis.
The apparatus boxes are all stainless steel and compartmentalized according to Assistant Fire Chief Kendall Jordan. This means a section can be damaged and replaced individually, he said.
It was purchased from Toyne, Inc., of Breda, Iowa. The truck cost $317,000.
The Toledo Fire Department has 28 active firefighters. The department is authorized for a total of 30 members.
The 1991 model truck was sold to the Chelsea Fire Department for $15,000.