Fire department gets new truck
Published 6:27 pm Wednesday, April 19, 2006
By By LYDIA GRIMES – Features writer
The Brewton Fire Department has some new tools to help save lives.
A new state-of-the-art fire truck - including improvements to the Jaws of Life - is at the department now.
“We've been waiting for the truck for a good long while, and we are really glad to finally have delivery on it,” Fire Chief Lawrence Weaver said. “It will be a real asset to the department and to the citizens of Brewton.”
A new rescue and service truck has been in the works for several months, but the hurricane season delayed the process. The truck was built in Ocala, Fla., and is a state-of-the-art vehicle.
The truck will be used at the scene of vehicle accidents and all structure fires.
The truck is equipped with extra air packs and has a hydraulic pump that will be able to operate the Jaws of Life and cutters.
The truck can be deployed in less time than older vehicles, has a four-wheel drive and a 12,000-pound wench on the front of the truck. It is equipped with a huge light on the top that telescopes and swivels, emitting 74,000 lumens that will be able to shed plenty of light on an accident scene.
Two additional 650-watt lights on the back or the truck can be used in place or detached, set on tripods and used wherever they are needed.