BRISTOL â€“ The Bristol Fire Departmentâ€™s newest fire truck rolled into the station Wednesday afternoon, an upgraded model from the â€ś20-year-old workhorseâ€ť that preceded it.
Fire Chief Jay Kolakoski stood by the side of the road recording the truckâ€™s arrival to the station at 151 Hill St. on his phone. The driver honked his horn and other fire officers gathered around to admire their new Engine 2.
Kolakoski explained that the truck is a 2017 model Pierce Enforcer, which will be replacing the 1997 truck of the same model as Engine 2. The 2017 truck was approved for purchase by the city council and the low bid of approximately $543,000 was received last November.
â€śIâ€™m happy with the support we have received from the city council and finance department,â€ť said Kolakoski. â€śThey listen to our concerns.â€ť
The vehicle that was the previous Engine 2 will remain in service for about another 5 to 10 years. The â€śfront line pumperâ€ť of the fire department, Kolakoski said, typically has a useable life of 15 to 20 years though, which is why it was replaced.
â€śThe new truck has independent suspension so it is a smoother ride for the drivers and it also features safety systems such as airbags, side roll protection and a roll bar that the other vehicle didnâ€™t have,â€ť said Kolakoski. â€śLike its predecessor, it has a 750 gallon water capacity and can pump 1500 gallons per minute.â€ť
Kolakoski said that his firefighters have given the Pierce Enforcer models â€śrave reviews.â€ť Other useful features include a â€śNew York styleâ€ť hose bed, which is lower down so that firefighters donâ€™t have to climb up to grab it. Additionally, the ladder is stored inside a compartment in the truck, which makes it easier to keep clean.
The Bristol Fire Department responded to 2,600 calls last year and averages five to six daily, according to Kolakoski.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.