Oak Island firefighters have sold outdated equipment and put into service four gently used engines with identical controls for fire suppression.
The town paid $200,000 each for the 2008 KME Predators, said fire chief Chris Anselmo. After the sale of six pieces of used equipment, the expected net cost will be $100,000 to $150,000, he said.
“These are very good used trucks,” Anselmo said, adding they came from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “We don’t think they will have a lot of down time.”
The chief said he expected to get about seven years of service out of the four engines, which would have cost about $2-million total if purchased new.
Having four identical trucks allows the department to stock fewer parts and it makes maintenance simpler, he said. Also, when firefighters or paramedic crews switch stations they will already know the controls and location of various tools on the trucks.
Two of the trucks are assigned to Station 1 near Middleton and Oak Island Drive. One is set up for heavy rescue; the other is outfitted for paramedics.
One truck designed mainly for firefighting is at Station 2 in the old Yaupon section of town. The fourth truck, set up for use by paramedics, is at Station 3 at South Harbour.
Each truck carries a variety of firefighting tools and 500 gallons of water. All can pump 2,000 gallons of water per minute.
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