Okeechobee County Fire Rescue places "new" Wildland Fire Engine in service
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue announced today the completion of the refurbishment of a "new" wildland fire engine.
"We are very pleased to announce today this new firefighting asset has been added to our inventory." said Chief Ralph Franklin. "This project was accomplished as a joint venture between Okeechobee County Fire Rescue fleet services and the inmate labor program of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's office." Franklin said.
The project re utilized an existing 1970's era AM General truck chassis, which the county already owned, and $25,000.00 (estimate) of upgrades and fire fighting apparatus. "This type of repurposing of equipment is very common in the wild-land fire service and fire service in general." said Chief Franklin.
The truck is outfitted with a 650 gallon per minute (GPM) pump. It has been converted to air brakes from standard brakes and the electrical system was upgraded to a 12 volt system from a 24 volt system. The truck also has an 855 Cummings diesel engine providing enough power for use in off road in heavily vegetative areas.
The engine will be housed at fire station one but as our wildfire season approaches it will be utilized throughout the county.
For more information contact Okeechobee County Fire Rescue at 763-5544 from 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.