The men are particularly proud of their new fire truck, which was delivered a few weeks ago. Fire Chief Paul Carr said that they traded the truck in to save money on the total coast of the new truck and upgrades to it, but he estimated that the labor might have cost $3,000 if paid only by cash. Donnie Tyler, who has been with the department since it was founded in 1976 and is president of its board of directors, as well as the firefighter captain, estimated that the total cost of the truck, its extra parts and labor was close to $9,400. The fire truck features a 2008 cabin chassis, and a hydraulic seat that adjusts to the operator’s weight.
The tank on the old truck has been put on the new one and has an inside plastic coating. Carr said that in the event of an emergency, the water inside could be drunk. It looks pretty sharp, and is covered in aluminum.
“You can shave looking at it,” Tyler said, admiring his beard in the reflection of the tank.
Carr said the International Standards Organization (ISO) insurance had gone down in recent years from a nine to a seven because they have proved that they can get water from existing pumps. He said that ISO requires that they be able to pump 250 gallons a minute for two hours, which both the tankers and both the pumpers can do. The fifth and last vehicle the department owns is a brush truck, which is used for grass fires. Tyler added that one of the pumpers could pump 1,200 gallons a minute while the other can pump 1,000.
Learn more about the 32-year-old department in The Cadiz Record.