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Posted: Nov 17, 2017

Lafayette County (MI) Fire Department Purchases Pierce Saber Pumper Powered by a Ford Power Train

APPLETON, WIPierce Manufacturing Inc. has sold a Pierce® Saber® custom pumper equipped with a Ford 6.7-liter V8 turbo diesel power train to the Lafayette County (MS) Fire Department, home of the University of Mississippi. The availability of the Ford power train on the Pierce Saber chassis was announced fewer than 30 days ago. The vehicle will be delivered in mid-2018.

With the recently announced availability of Ford’s proven V8 turbo diesel, we are opening up Pierce Saber custom apparatus to a new segment of budget-conscious fire departments,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “Now, there’s a new option for departments on a tight budget to move up to the quality of a Pierce custom chassis. We’re very encouraged by the interest expressed from many parts of the country in such a short period of time.”

“We are transitioning our fleet to custom apparatus as a way to enhance our emergency response capabilities, and many members of our department are already familiar with the quality and reliability of Pierce Saber vehicles,” said Wes Anderson, fire coordinator for the Lafayette County Fire Department. “The availability of the Ford power train brought the Pierce Saber into our price range—and that was a big selling point for us. It also helped that a couple of our volunteer firefighters own heavy-duty Ford commercial vehicles with a similar engine and they think highly of it.

“We had the opportunity to spend a day with the Saber demo vehicle. Our firefighters drove it through the community and conducted informal time trials to compare it to our other custom pumper,” added Anderson. “We tested it without any equipment or water, and then with a full 1,000 gallons on board. The firefighters who drove it and rode in it were impressed.”

The integration, testing, and validation of the Ford power train into a Pierce custom chassis was led by Roush—a leader in motorsports and high-performance passenger vehicles. The Ford V-8 turbo diesel power train generates nearly the equivalent amount of horsepower to the rear wheels as larger and heavier engines commonly offered in this class. In addition, the Ford service network backs the power train, which is covered by a 5-year/100,000-mile warranty. “The comprehensive warranty—and the availability of local mechanics—was a big factor for us,” Anderson explained. “To service some other engine brands, we’d have to travel more than an hour for support.”

The fire apparatus purchased by Lafayette County features a 1,250-gpm single-stage pump, a 1,000-gallon water tank, a Control Zone™ pump panel, and seating for six firefighters. Other features include lowered crosslays, a full complement of ground ladders,

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Posted: Nov 17, 2017

Chehalis Fire Department Warns of Possible Scam

The Chehalis Fire Department is warning area residents about a group soliciting money using the department’s name without its permission. Chief Ken Cardinale told The Chronicle Thursday that the group, linked to website, contacted a firefighter and used that person’s name on a flyer, which he said made the group’s solicitation for donations seem as if it was coming from the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 3:18:32 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
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Posted: Nov 17, 2017

New Marysville firefighters hired, others receive awards

The Marysville Fire District swore in seven new full-timers Wednesday and also gave out some awards. Firefighter/paramedic Joseph Kendrick joins after more than 10 years of experience. Firefighter/paramedic Hunter Day previously served as a firefighter in Arlington and elsewhere. Sean Anderson, Thomas Fitchett, Scott Cloudy, Katie Hereth and Michael Work are firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 2:37:25 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
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Posted: Nov 17, 2017

Massive inferno at Pennsylvania senior living community; At least 20 injured

VIDEO - At least 20 people have been injured in a massive, multi-alarm fire at a senior living community in West Chester. Numerous residents have been displaced. Fire officials have refused to say if there were any fatalities. The blaze was reported at 10:46 p.m. Thursday at the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community on the 700 block of North Franklin Street.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6
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Posted: Nov 17, 2017

New York fire chief to battle city in court over 9/11 benefits

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Utica fire Chief Russell Brooks will take the city to court. Brooks has sought to be recognized by the city for compensatory benefits due to a medical condition he says is a product of his response to ground zero in New York City following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Utica Observer-Dispatch
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