Bay takes delivery of new fire truck
By Echo Staff
Jan 31, 2014, 17:35
On Thursday, Jan. 30, the Bay St. Louis Fire Department accepted delivery of a new aerial “quint” fire truck.
The heavy-duty 77-foot quint was custom built for the city of Bay St. Louis by Ferrara Fire Apparatus in Holden, La.
Often (incorrectly) referred to as a “ladder truck,” the multi-purpose quint is unique in that it performs all of the functions of a traditional fire truck, with the added benefits of an elevated water stream and extendable ladder, BSL Fire Chief Pam San Fillippo said in a press release issued Friday.
“The apparatus’ total rated pumping capacity is an impressive 1,750 gallons per minute,” San Fillippo said. “It carries 400 gallons of water, and in addition to the 800 feet of five-inch diameter water supply line and 650 feet of smaller hose lines for firefighting, the 77-foot heavy-duty ladder can deliver 1,250 gallons-per-minute of water from a master-stream nozzle at the ladder tip.”
In addition to its firefighting capabilities, she said, the apparatus seats five firefighters in a roomy cab where several options were included to allow for uncluttered storage of emergency medical equipment, thermal imaging cameras, radios, flashlights and even clipboards; a remote camera is provided for safer backing of the apparatus.
USB and 12 volt outlets were also included to allow for future additions of on-board computers, iPads or other similar items. LED lighting in each storage compartment along with custom built shelving and slide-out trays give firefighters ready access to tools and equipment.
“This aerial truck is a significant monetary investment for the city, and designing a piece of equipment that is intended to serve Bay St. Louis for the next 20 years was a huge responsibility,” San Fillippo said. “Our firefighters and our city can be very proud of this apparatus that is truly state-of-the-art, and second to none in its class.”