Wednesday September 9, 2009
More than $10 million invested as part of 21st Century Fire plan
Four new fire pumper trucks
sprayed their first streams of water at Fire Training Headquarters today, commemorating their addition as the newest equipment on the Louisville Fire Department’s front line. Mayor Jerry Abramson and Fire Chief Greg Frederick dedicated the trucks, which will replace older vehicles as part of the Mayor’s 21 st
Century Fire plan.
“We’ve made tremendous strides for our fire department since launching our 21 st Century Fire plan, including building two new state-of-the-art fire houses,” Abramson said. “Adding these new pumper trucks continues our commitment to providing the best fire protection possible for our citizens.”
As part of the Mayor’s 21 st Century Fire plan, the city has spent more than $10 million to build new firehouses and purchase new equipment. Two new firehouses – in the Portland and Butchertown neighborhoods – opened this year.
The pumpers cost just over $2 million, and will replace four pumpers manufactured in the mid-1990s. Those trucks will be moved to the auxiliary, or backup fleet. Meanwhile, the oldest pumpers on the auxiliary line will be moved to surplus property and sold. Those four trucks were manufactured between 1977 and 1980.
“These new trucks are the best equipment available in the country right now,” said Frederick. “They are safer and more fuel-efficient, and are exceptionally well-designed for the needs of a modern firefighting team.”
Pumper trucks are designed to carry hoses and to enhance water flow through boosters. These trucks have 500-gallon water tanks. Engine improvements have led to better fuel efficiency – an increase of 3 miles per gallon better than other pumpers.
The new trucks are assigned to four different engine companies:
Engine 2, Truck 1 – 1135 W. Jefferson Street
Engine 6 -- 2500 Griffiths Ave.
Engine 11, Truck 7 – 1025 Rubel Ave.
Engine 22, Truck 4 – 3228 Riverpark Dr.
Since introducing the 21 st Century Fire plan, Abramson has authorized the purchase of more than $5 million in fire apparatus upgrades, including Tower 2, an aerial unit with a 95-foot telescoping ladder housed at the Floyd and Jefferson Street fire station, and a new pumper truck and ladder truck housed at Ashland Avenue fire station in the Beechmont neighborhood.
A 100-foot aerial ladder truck and a fire boat will be added to the fleet soon. Ultimately, the city will replace more than half of the Fire Department’s 28-vehicle front-line fleet with new equipment.