MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Fire Department has a new workhorse — a 2011 Pierce Velocity 75-foot Heavy-duty Aluminum Ladder with a 450-horsepower diesel engine and 1,250 pounds-feet of torque.
The new fire truck, built in Wisconsin at a cost of $643,000, is replacing the 1987, 50-foot Telesquirt because it has reached the end of its service life, according to Matthew R. Goldstein, assistant fire chief, Fire and Emergency Services, Public Safety Division, MCLB Albany.
“The fire truck is a welcome sight,” he said. “It will provide greater pumping capacity and ladder reach to help us gain access to extinguish fires in more facilities on the base. The fire truck is also safer for the fire fighters to ride in.”
Comparing the two, the new fire truck can pump 2,000 gallons of water per minute, unlike the old truck, which could only pump 1,000 gallons.
The new truck also has a working height of 75 feet making it easier for firefighters to put out fires compared to old fire truck’s 50 feet.
Goldstein said the fire truck has a high-quality 10- kilowatt power takeoff generator and light-emitting diode lighting all around the vehicle, including LED rope lighting on the ladder for climbing at night.
At its highest point, the fire truck stands nearly 12 feet with its length spanning more than 38 feet. It weighs more than 55,000 pounds and seats four in the cab.
“We now have a new state-of-the-art fire truck with the latest safety features,” Bill McNulty, director, PSD, MCLB Albany, said. “This is an asset because it will provide the firefighters a safer way to operate at a fire scene and reduce their risk of being injured.”
Goldstein said the mission of MCLB Albany’s Fire and Emergency Services is to provide structural fire fighting, hazard materials including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response, emergency medical services and confined space rescue, along with fire prevention services.
“It will assist the firefighters in protecting life, property and the environment while ensuring the base, and all its tenants, maintain their mission while being fire safe,” Goldstein said.
Before arriving at MCLB Albany, the fire truck was on display at the International Association of Fire Chiefs held in Atlanta, where more than 14,000 people saw the truck, Friday and Saturday.