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Washington Twp. fire department purchases new fire engine

Washington Twp. Fire Department purchased a new fire engine that is lighter and more maneuverable than other trucks.

The fire department will honor a fire service tradition at 10 a.m. on Thursday when firefighters push the new engine into the bay of its assigned fire station. The tradition is part of a brief public ceremony hosted by the Washington Twp. Fire Department at Station 42, located at 45 W. Whipp Road.

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Pushing a new piece of apparatus into its bay dates back to the mid-1800s when horse drawn wagons had to be backed into their stations, said Fire Chief Bill Gaul. Weighing in at about 21 tons, the new engine is considerably heavier than a wagon, so firefighters will get some help from the vehicle’s own engine, the fire department said in a statement.

The new Pierce Saber Engine replaces a 17-year-old engine that will be used for backup when one of the department’s five front-line engines is out of service. The new engine is lighter and more maneuverable than the one it replaces.

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“The compressed air foam system puts fires out fast, with less water, which reduces fire and water damage,” Gaul said. The fire department now has three vehicles with CAF systems which are three more times effective than foam alone and five times more effective than water.

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