August 29, 2017 8:00 AM
ACQUISITION OF NEW FIRE ENGINE
The City of Princeton has taken delivery of a 2017 Pierce Arrow XT Rear-Mount Pumper Engine. With a 400 horse-power motor, it will become the first engine responding to all fire calls. The cost of the state-of-the-art vehicle was $670,000.
According to Lt. Scott Etheridge of the Princeton Fire Department, who served on the specifications team, the new engine will improve value for the public in three main ways. First, the engine has an all stainless steel body which will minimize the constant body repairs experienced with previous engines in the department. Secondly, the upgraded technology using a Compressed Air Foam System (CAPS) will result in less water damage to structures. Lastly, the engine will carry a full arsenal of extraction equipment, greatly reducing the response time to extricate victims in those situations.
The pumper engine has many design improvements that also contribute to safe operation by firefighters. Enhanced visibility on the scene and lighter-weight hoses will provide a safer response environment and reduce injuries.
Over the next several weeks, the Princeton Fire Department will be conducting operational training with the fire crews, as well as completing the assembly of the final items for the new engine. The full in-service date is projected to be October 1, 2017.