The Sanibel Fire Rescue District recently purchased a new engine to replace an older model.
Assistant Chief Matt Scott said the average engine lasts between 15-18 years and the district's brand new 2013 Sutphen engine will replace the 1995 Pierce engine. He said the district has a total of three engines, two that are continually used and one that is on reserve in case of a breakdown.
The new engine was designed to better serve the community and the 25 firefighters stationed on the island. It carries 750 gallons of water as well as the various hoses, tools, and the specialized equipment firefighters need on scene.
The Sanibel Fire Rescue District announced the purchase of a new fire engine. PHOTO PROVIDED.
It was designed with firefighter and driver safety in mind, featuring larger compartment spaces for equipment, larger cab space for firefighters getting dressed, computer operated pumping, and onboard technology to reduce emissions.
In keeping with the community's mission of sustainability, the old engine was sold to a used firetruck corporation in Alabama to be repaired, and to see another day.
"They sold it to a volunteer fire department in Georgia," said Scott. "They will fix it up to what the end buyer wants."
On Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m., firefighters will hold a traditional "wetting-down" ceremony at the Palm Ridge Station. The public is invited to see the shiny new engine.
"It's a fire department tradition when you get a new apparatus you pull it out of the bay and wet it down to give it it's first bath," said Scott.
For the next six months the engine will operate out of the Palm Ridge Station before its permanent transfer to Station 2 near Bowman's Beach.