Florence gets first new fire engine in 8 years

Florence gets first new fire engine in 8 years

FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - The city of Florence welcomed a new fire truck after years of using old equipment.

Florence Mayor Steve Holt handed over a check for a new fire truck this week. It’s the first new fire engine the Florence Fire Department has gotten in eight years.

Florence firefighters have endured several years of equipment malfunctions that hampered daily functions. A temporary solution was to lease trucks until the aging ones could be repaired and put back into service. Those days are over.

“2011 was the last time we had any new vehicles, so this year we got two vehicles. A ladder truck back in May and now the pumper truck that came in yesterday," said Holt.

Fire departments describe the differences between these vehicles. A pumper truck, also called a fire engine, is designed for fighting fires and comes equipped with hoses. A ladder truck is designed to help firefighters get access via a ladder..

The new truck cost the city about $500,000.

The new truck will give the fire department the state-of-the-art technology and tools.

Holt says firefighters will be able to perform better and more efficiently at their jobs with the new edition. Holt says its about keeping the community safe.

"I admire these men and women and we are doing all we can to get them the best of equipment,” he said.

The goal now is to hire more firefighters.

“We need about 10 more firefighters and we got applications, so we are going through that process," said Holt.

Applications will remain open through Oct. 3. Here is a link to the city’s fire department page to apply.

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