AUGUSTA — The Augusta Volunteer Fire Department has purchased a custom built rescue engine that will replace an older truck the department will no longer be using.
According to AVFD Chief Tony Mefford, the new truck is a 2019 Kenworth T-370 Southeast Extreme Duty Heavy Rescue truck that is 18 feet long, two feet longer than the former truck.
“It has six compartments on top for storage and it’s two feet longer than the current truck,” Mefford said. “There is also an awning that comes out.”
The truck is all aluminum build with standard lower body compartments, compartment shelving and dividers, slide out trays, transverse vertical tool storage boards, upper coffin body compartments with hinged lids, NFPA preparation package provider, Whelen Stationary LED Scene lighting, Will-Burt Elevating LED light tower and on-spot automatic tire chains, according to Mefford.
On both sides of the truck are also American flags.
“We wanted to be able to honor our veterans. That was something we kept in mind during the whole building process,” he said. “We had the flags put on the truck, so when we go out on a call, everyone can see the flags and we can show our support for our veterans.”
Mefford said this is the first time the department has purchased a custom built truck.
“All the trucks we’ve owned in the past have been demos,” he said. “We’ve never been able to purchase a custom built one before, so that was what we wanted to do.”
The truck was built by Southeast Apparatus out of Corbin and cost the department $232,000.
“We purchased the truck using grant money, donations and just help from the community,” Mefford said. “We still owe a little on it, so we’ll have to pay on it for awhile, but we had a lot of help to make this happen.”
Mefford said the department chose to get the new truck because the former one was getting older.
“We outgrew it,” he said. “We needed something else.”
The older truck is now up for bids.
The truck is a 1997 Ford F800 American Eagle E-One Walk-in Rescue with an 8.3 L L6 Diesel engine and a 250 horsepower Cummins engine. It has 18,096 miles and a 7000 watt generator and on-spot chains with a Vertex radio system.
Sealed bids will be accepted until June 19 at 4 p.m. They will be opened at the June 20 meeting of the Augusta City Council.
Bids can be mailed to: City of Augusta, 215 Main Street, PO Box 85, Augusta, Ky. 41002. Mark the envelope with “Rescue truck bid.”