BRISTOL - The Bristol Fire department recently purchased a new fire truck that will be on display for residents during this weekend’s Farmer’s Market on Centre Square.
The $1.3 million new apparatus is a 2019 Pierce Arrow XT. It was ordered in August 2018 and was delivered to Bristol at the end of July 2019. Prior to its arrival in Connecticut, Fire Department personnel inspected the vehicle at the Pierce production facility in Appleton, Wisconsin.
“The Arrow XT is based on a heavy duty chassis, and is powered by a Detroit Diesel 525 horsepower engine. The cab accommodates up to four firefighters,” said Chief Kolakoski. “As is common in air transportation, the truck has a vehicle data recorder system to read and store vehicle operation data (sometimes referred to as a ‘black box’). As an integral part of the emergency operations, it includes a 95 ft. aerial ladder as well as a full compliment of ground ladders and includes a 6,000 watt generator to support vehicle systems in incident responses.”
“This is a major investment in the Fire Department,” stated Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu who chairs the Fire Commission. “We wanted to give taxpayers to get an up close and personal look at the new fire truck at the Farmer’s Market this Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Centre Square on North Main Street.”
- City of Bristol