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Posted: May 12, 2021

Sherrills Ford Terrell (NC) Fire & Rescue Breaks Ground on New Station

Sherrills Ford Terrell (NC) Fire & Rescue (SFTFR) recently broke ground on new digs to replace its 50-year-old station, reports The new station is slated to be completed and in operation by early 2022.

Station 4, located at 2080 Mollys Backbone Rd., was imagined 13 years ago but other obligations held it up. It will cost $2.7 million and will house a crew of two firefighters along with an engine, a tanker, and QRV for medical first response.

The station encompasses 14,000 square feet and includes living quarters, a training room, office space, and five apparatus drive-thru bays. The department will also be able to house some of its other response trailers and logistical equipment that is now being stored at one of SFTFR’s other three fire stations.

SFTFR will continue to use the old fire station beside the school for training and logistical operations.

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Posted: May 12, 2021

Atlanta (GA) Firefighters Beef Up Security

On the heels of a burglary in southeast Atlanta (GA) at Station 2 that saw six personal vehicles damaged, there will be some short- and long-term help for area firefighters, reports

Concerned citizens have so far raised $1,100 to reduce the cost of replacing the windows, which is about 40% of their goal.

The recent break-in compromised a rear fence gate, so razor wire was added to the station fence. In addition, officials say that stations that do not have surveillance cameras will soon get them, and that each camera must be linked to the police department’s downtown monitoring locations.

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Posted: May 12, 2021

City of Haverhill (MA) Upgrades Water Street Station’s Windows, Roof

The city of Haverhill (MA) has spent about $300,000 to install a new roof and windows at the Water Street station, reports

Officials say the renovations include a $150,000 roof and $152,000 worth of windows. The station’s old windows were more than 30 years old and of residential, not commercial, grade. The new double-pane, argon-filled, energy-efficient fiberglass windows are seven times stronger than vinyl windows. Officials say Pella Windows sold 95 of its Impervia windows to the city at a 50% discount.

Other improvements are planned for the Water Street and High Street stations. In addition to a new rescue truck at the Water Street station, its Engine 3 and the High Street station’s Engine 1 are being replaced with new trucks that are on order.

Officials say that once those engines arrive, the engines currently at the Water Street and High Street stations will go to the 16th Avenue and Bradford stations, and the engines now at those stations will be placed on reserve.

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Posted: May 12, 2021

Plymouth (MA) Fire Department Christens Engine 4

The Plymouth (MA) Fire Department (PFD) recently held a wet-down ceremony for its new truck—Engine 4, a 2021 E-One Cyclone 2—at Station 4, 533 Bourne Rd.

Chief Bradley and members of the PFD were joined by Assistant Town Manager Marlene McCollem, Select Board Chairman Ken Travares, and Department Chaplain Rev. Gary Blume to see Engine 4 officially put into service.

As part of the ceremony, Chaplain Rev. Gary Blume blessed the engine and firefighters then placed their hands on Engine 4. Funding for the apparatus was approved at the 2019 Town Meeting, and it replaces the department’s 2004 Pierce Dash pumper.

The engine also features a 1,500-gallon-per-minute pump, a 1,000-gallon water tank—its predecessor only held 750 gallons—a built-in 10-kilowatt hydraulic generator and light tower, and rescue tools including the Jaws of Life.

Engine 4 was built by E-One at its Ocala Florida factory.

Posted: May 12, 2021

Ferrara Builds Rear-Mount Super Pumper for Bayway Refinery (NJ) Fire Department

By Alan M. Petrillo

Bayway Refinery, located on New York Harbor in Linden, New Jersey, processes mainly light, low-sulfur crude oil, supplied to the refinery by tanker from Canada and West Africa, and from United States sources by rail and marine transport. The refinery’s infrastructure and employees are protected by 150 paid and volunteer firefighters operating out of Bayway Refinery Fire Department’s single station. The department’s first line pumper was 13 years old, and was starting to show its age, so the refinery replaced it with an Inferno Super Pumper built by Ferrara Fire Apparatus.

“We looked at the department’s needs and determined that we would be able to supply a super pumper because of the various size mains we have throughout the refinery,” says Anthony Muccia II, Bayway’s chief. “But our fire water hydrant system is 100% salt water, which is kind of rare, and we knew it would affect the construction of the fire pump because the metallurgy would have to last in a salt-water environment, so we went with an all-stainless steel pump. As far as the chassis, frame rails, and aluminum body are concerned, they are all hot-dipped galvanized, including the compartments, so there is no steel or exposed aluminum.”

Brad Williamson, Ferrara’s industrial product manager, says Ferrara built Bayway’s Super Pumper on an Inferno XMFD cab and chassis with 3/16-inch marine grade extruded aluminum body, powered by a Cummins 600-horsepower (hp) X15 diesel engine, and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission. “The Super Pumper has a US Fire Pump rear-mount/side-controlled HVP 6250 pump rated at 6,000-gallons per minute (gpm),” Williamson notes, “a 900-gallon foam tank, a FoamPro AccuMax 2 direct injection foam system with a single electronic control Fusion 300-gpm foam control head, a Task Force Tips (TFT) 8,000-gpm main monitor, and twin TFT Monsoon 2,000-gpm rear monitors, all three of which are wireless remote controlled.”

Bayway Refinery (NJ) Fire Department had Ferrara Fire Apparatus build this Super Pumper on an Inferno XMFD cab and chassis, powered by a Cummins 600-horsepower (hp) diesel engine, and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission. (Photo 1 courtesy of Bayway Refinery Fire Department.)

Williamson points out that the Bayway Super Pumper is designed around the concept of protecting close-proximity oil storage tanks while fighting a fire in another storage tank. “The rear of the Super Pumper has one 12-inch intake and four 8-inch intakes, two 6-inch discharges, two 3-inch discharges, and two 2-inch discharges for 1-3/4-inch hand lines,” Williamson says. “There also are two 6-inch discharges in the right-side pump panel.” He adds that the rear of the truck also has two TFT intake

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