Fire truck arrives, first new one here in 17 years

A sight not seen in Brady in over 17 years, a brand new fire engine polished and fresh from the factory rolled into town Friday afternoon as Pat Siddons of Siddons Fire Apparatus along with a three-man delivery crew brought Brady its newest piece of fire fighting equipment. A four-door Pierce Contender Series pumper truck, the $164,000 apparatus was delivered complete with hoses, nozzles, a set of hydraulic rescue tools and all the equipment necessary to put the engine into service. A unique feature of this new truck is the double cab that is designed to transport five firefighters and their gear to and from the scene. The seat design is such that firefighters can don their air pacs while enroute to the fire and arrive on the scene ready to go. The pumper is equipped with a 1,250 gallons per minute pump and is replacing a 1973 hydrant pumper that has served the Brady department since it was purchased in the early 70s. This particular vehicle is designed to serve as the main attack and supply engine for structure fires. The truck is equipped with hoses that are attached directly to the truck that can be pulled off of the truck, charged and ready to go in a matter of minutes. Volunteers and paid department personnel spent Friday afternoon receiving hands-on instructions from the sales representative, training manager and president of the dealership that delivered the vehicle. Upon the departure of those personnel, members of the local fire department began loading, organizing and preparing the engine for its first run. Volunteers worked late into the night Friday and part of the day Saturday getting the gear stowed and decals properly affixed. The truck was used in its first call Monday and is loaded and ready for any future emergencies.

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