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Fire department greets new rural pumper/tanker PDF Print E-mail
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

    After nearly two years of planning, the new Imperial Volunteer Fire Department’s (IVFD) rural pumper/tanker truck has arrived.
    A small group of firefighters were on hand at the fire hall last Wednesday when the shiny, new unit rolled into town.
    They quickly began checking it out, probing it inch by inch.
    IVFD Fire Chief Bryan Dannatt said, “This will be a great addition to our rural firefighting fleet.”
    One exciting feature of the 2009 International 7400 SFA chassis is that it can function for different needs, as conditions warrant.
    Dannatt noted it can be used as a firefighting pumper truck, or as a tanker strictly to shuttle water to the scene. It features two “quick dump” units so the truck can pull up to a porta-tank on the scene, release the water into it and leave for more water. It carries a roomy, 1800-gallon porta-tank, as well.
    The driver can also control the release of that water into the porta-tank from inside the truck, which the IVFD can’t do from its other tankers.
    Another highlight Dannatt noted is the new truck includes a twice-as-large tank, doubling the truck’s capacity it’s replacing from 750 to 1500 gallons.
    It also has more pumping capacity, putting out water at 1500 gallons per minute, compared to 750 in the old truck.
    Another important addition is its integrated foam system, making it the only rural tanker/pumper with that feature. Only the quick attack unit and city pumper also have the foam system.    
    The new truck will also carry more hose than the older truck.
    Cost of the unit was $306,650, and was purchased from Pierce Manufacturing. The rural fire district board voted earlier to finance the purchase through bonds.
    The 1984 truck and its equipment it replaces will be moved to the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department, Dannatt said.
    This truck is longer than the one it’s replacing, as is the new city truck which has been in use for over two years.
    Because of the extra space needed, the IVFD’s dive team trailer and the emergency management’s decontamination trailer have been moved to storage at the airport.
    Dannatt said he appreciated the work of the IVFD truck committee for their time and dedication. They started working on the specs about two years ago, and with the rural board, finalized a contract over a year ago.
    Dannatt also expressed appreciation to the rural fire board members for their work, as well.
    “They are extremely supportive of the Imperial and Lamar departments,” he said.
    The rural district will also be receiving a second new tanker later this year, probably in October or November to replace another aging truck.
    That truck is being built in Lyons, S.D.