New truck arrives

The Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company’s new truck has arrived!

Last Friday, Emsworth Fire Chief Jim Kohl, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Adams and President Joe Koehler drove to Meyersdale, PA in Somerset County to pick up the new vehicle. Leaving at 5:30 a.m., they arrived back around 8 p.m.

The Spartan Fire Engine is a pumper that was custom built for Emsworth by manufacturer Four Guys.

The new engine is not yet ready for service as it still needs to be loaded with equipment and the lettering needs to be applied. A wealth of features include a a nine-feet LED light tower that rises above the truck providing 360 degrees of illumination, a deck gun that swivels, and a booster reel of immediately-accessible hose. Particularly valuable is a panel of four large, individual lights on each side of the truck: top to bottom: green, blue, yellow and red, which indicate how much water is left in the pumper’s tank and can easily be seen from a distance.

The vehicle weighs almost 40,000 pounds. In addition to the driver and co-pilot, the truck can carry four additional fire personnel. Numerous compartments on the sides of the vehicle will provide storage for a wide variety of equipment and tools and also air tanks. A ladder, located on top, hydraulically lowers for easy access.

When the truck is ready for service, an official ceremony and celebration will be held.