Shelby Fire Department to Add $ 775,000 Truck to its Fire Fleet



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Shelby will soon have a new bespoke pump truck to add to its firefighter fleet.

The new device costs $ 775,000, but it puts a 34-year-old truck out of service, Shelby Fire Chief William Hunt said.

“This gives us greater reliability, both on the front line and in reserve status,” Hunt told city council members at a meeting this week.

The new truck will be designed for the specific needs of the department, including the capacity to hold 2,000 gallons of water, 500 more than the other pump trucks in the fleet.

He will be accommodated at fire station # 2. The increased water capacity takes into account the growth of Shelby’s industries in and around the industrial park which could be prone to larger fires.

Once the truck goes into first-line service, a 2004 engine will go into reserve, meaning it can be replaced when other vehicles need service.

The 1987 truck will be sold as a surplus.

The department has four pump trucks in service between the front line and the reserve.

At the end of Hunt’s presentation, Shelby City Council voted unanimously to go ahead with awarding a contract for the project.

Diane Turbyfill can be reached at 704-669-3334 and at [email protected]

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