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Posted: May 23, 2019

Watertown (NY) Officials Debate $1.3 Million Fire Apparatus


Finn argued that the city could refurbish the 2004 ladder truck, keep it on the road for another five to seven years and then replace it. In the end, council members decided to wait on a new ladder truck.

Mayor Joseph Butler Jr. warned council members that the city will be taking on too much debt for a new $2.4 million pool at Thompson Park, about $3.1 million in a court expansion and other planned projects, so he opposed purchasing a new truck now.

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Posted: May 23, 2019

Winchester (IN) Getting New Fire Apparatus

The new truck is a 2019 pumper/tanker with a water capacity of 1,250 gallons; seats for four firefighters; inside protected ladder space and additional storage.
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Posted: May 23, 2019

Pierce Manufacturing Opens Newly Expanded Training Center

Pierce Training Center

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, announced today the opening of a newly expanded, cutting-edge training facility. The Pierce Training Center supports continued investments in production process efficiencies, technology advancements, product innovation, and quality control. Pierce’s new training center at 2602 American Drive in Appleton, Wisconsin reinforces Pierce’s continuous effort to provide the highest quality apparatus in the fire service industry.

On any given workday, a look inside the state-of-the-art Pierce Training Center facility reveals up to 25 students engaging in various curriculums. New team members are introduced to the Pierce culture of “people first” and brought up to speed as they learn critical, on-the-job skills. Additionally, tenured team members participate in sessions to strengthen their skills and become more efficient in their existing job, or to develop skills that will support career advancement.

“Pierce has not been immune to the labor shortage many manufacturers across the United States have faced in recent years,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “We know how important it is to support new and tenured team members in order to provide the best workplace experience and ultimately produce the highest quality apparatus. We’ve seen first-hand how beneficial a robust training program can be for our overall efficiency, employee acquisition, and retention rates.”

Pierce training center message

Originally established nearly two decades ago, Pierce’s training programs have evolved into a curriculum created and facilitated by product platform and technology experts. In addition, company retirees dedicate time to pass important knowledge on to younger generations.

Pierce Manufacturing measures the success of its training initiatives with competency quizzes given at the beginning and end of each training course. While students are required to score at least 90-percent on evaluations, the ultimate assessment is the impact these efforts make on customer satisfaction.

To learn more about Pierce Manufacturing and the company’s team members, visit


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Pierce Saber 1,750/1,000 Pumper

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Posted: May 23, 2019

Spokane Valley Fire Station 8 getting facelift, expansion to fit tiller truck

Construction is underway at Spokane Valley Fire Department Station 8 on Wilbur Road to make two engine bays longer to accommodate larger trucks. The station was built in 2004 and houses a ladder truck, a rescue unit and the department’s water rescue team, said Deputy Fire Chief Tim O’Brien. “That fills up our three bays,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 5:32:11 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
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Posted: May 23, 2019

Confusion reigns as Spokane City Council remains defiant against combined 911 dispatch system

For the past year, the Spokane City Council has been a unified voice standing in opposition to concerns about the desire to combine the region's different dispatch agencies — 911, Spokane Police, Spokane County Sheriff and the fire departments — under one governing body: Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC).
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 1:50:09 AM - SOURCE: Pacific Northwest Inlander
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