WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department showed off its new pumper truck at a Roll-In Ceremony on Tuesday.
The new fire truck has already been in service for about a month, but Tuesday’s event gave firefighters the opportunity to ceremoniously roll out their old truck and roll in the new one.
The new fire engine features two-way hands free communications, a 500 gallon water tank, and a 20 gallon foam tank. The 2015 Pierce Velocity Pumper cost $570,000 for the apparatus and $30,000 for the equipment.
WFD Battalion Chief David Hines said that although the old truck was not a bad truck, it was nearing 15 years old.
“We have to rotate the fleet, continue to get new trucks in,” Hines said. “If we don’t, we would be in a situation where all of our equipment would be old and be breaking down on us on a regular basis, so that’s the reason why you try to keep rotating them out.”
The new fire truck will be assigned to Fire Headquarters.
Hines added that the department is appreciative for this new truck and for the rest of their equipment.