The Pella Fire Department welcomed a new member to the Rural Fire Department crew this week – a “quick attack” brush fighter truck. Fire Department Captain Randy Bogaard says the new truck is versatile enough to handle many situations and will help reduce wear and tear on the department’s larger, more expensive pumper truck.
“In order to avoid running that big truck all the time, we tried to come up with a truck that we call a ‘quick attack’, which is set up for many different types of calls and equips for all of the other types of situations where the large [pumper] truck isn’t needed.”
Bogaard adds that the Pella Rural Fire Department’s new truck also has many features that will help firefighters in a variety of situations.
“This truck carries more water than we’ve had the capabilities of in the past for a brush fighter, as well as more attack lines; including a really neat feature – a remote controlled mounted nozzle on the front bumper,” said Bogaard. “The neat thing about that is you can run it from the cab and it saves manpower and is also much safer than being out there.”
Weis Fire Safety and Equipment of Salina, Kansas assembled the new truck on a chassis purchased from Ulrich Motors of Pella. The total cost of the new truck for the Pella Rural Fire Department was approximately $110,000, and was purchased by the Lake Prairie Township Trustees.