Pelham Fire Dept. puts new engine into service

Published 1:03 pm Saturday, September 22, 2018

PELHAM – A new fire engine hit the streets of Pelham on Sept. 20, according to Fire Chief Tim Honeycutt.

Honeycutt said a brand-new Engine 92 went into service around noon Thursday, Sept. 20. The city received the truck about three weeks ago, but it took some time to get the engine outfitted with the necessary hoses, equipment and tools.

The new engine will be housed at Station No. 2.

“A lot of labor work goes into it before we can put it into service,” Honeycutt said. “We have a lot more technology on it and the pump is much different.”

The new engine cost a total of $785,000. The old engine, a 2006 model, along with an old rescue/ambulatory truck will be sold to a company in South Carolina for a total of $129,000. The company is set to pick up the apparatuses during the week of Sept. 24.

The engine was purchased from Emergency Equipment Professionals, a sales representative for Wisconsin-based Pierce Manufacturing.

“Our team was extremely excited to get a new apparatus,” Honeycutt said. “I just want to give a special thanks to the mayor and City Council for allowing our apparatus replacement program to continue.”

The purchase of the new engine was a part of a capital improvement plan to buy one new apparatus every two years to replace aging apparatuses in the department’s fleet.