The CVFd has it’s first new fire truck since 1995! The truck, built by the Sutphen Corporation in Hillard, Ohio is a SL75 aerial. The type of truck is known as a “Quint” which features the capabilities of a traditional Ladder Truck as well as a Pumper, and can easily handle many types of calls safely and efficiently. The truck, featuring a 75 foot aerial, greatly expands the capability of the fire department and allows better compliance with insurance regulations.
The purchase of the truck was made possible by a recent fire tax increase approved by Dare County, and is the first new major piece of apparatus purchased by the department since 1995. The new vehicle will be known as Truck 15 and is replacing a 1987 pumper that was the first new piece of equipment bought after the department was chartered in 1982. A 1988 crash truck will also be taken out of service as the new truck will carry that equipment as well.
While the truck was delivered on June 13, the department is still training and equipping the truck for service. “Because there’s been major changes with the technology this apparatus offers and it is different than what we’ve been working with, we went into a very aggressive training mode,” said Colington Fire Chief Glenn Rainey. “Our Volunteer and Career staff have put lots of hours into this truck already, and they’re just getting started.” Training has included more than just learning to use the pump, ladder and other equipment on the truck; firefighters must get used to driving it. As a newer truck, it handles much differently than the older vehicles.
On Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 the Colington Volunteer Fire Department held a dedication ceremony and blessing of their new Sutphen SL75 aerial truck. The truck brings new firefighting technology and capability to the community according to Colington Fire Chief Glenn Rainey.
The new truck features a 1,500 gallon per minute pump, 500 gallon water tank, 75 foot aerial ladder, roll out equipment trays and can carry 1,000 feet of large diameter hose. Other features include vehicle extrication tools, LED compartment lighting, battery powered positive pressure exhaust fan and lighting, on-board hydraulic generator, numerous forcible entry tools and multiple pre-connected hose lines.
At the Friday evening ceremony, the department held a private ceremony for department members and family. The truck was dedicated to former fire chief William “Kim” Piddington who passed away in February 2015. Many of his family members were present. One surprise for the family is that the truck has been nicknamed “Chief Pidd” in his honor, and carries the name above the windshield. Followed by a traditional Wet Down of the new apparatus.
On Saturday a public dedication and blessing were held as chief Rainey told the crowd of the hard work by the department in the planning, specification, delivery and training on the truck. He also thanked the department as well as the community for the support to make the truck a reality after years of planning. Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert Woodard praised the department and the relationship between the county and the fire department. Department Chaplain Fred Barrett blessed the truck and followed with a reading of the Firefighters’ Prayer.
At the conclusion of the ceremony everyone was invited to help the department with a second Wet Down of the truck and the community was given tours of the trucks and equipment.