Four New Fire Trucks Delivered For Molino, Ensley And Two Other Escambia County Fire Stations

July 12, 2020

Four new fire engines ordered by Escambia County have been delivered to replace four aging trucks that have in excess of 100,000 miles each.

The trucks are undergoing some finishing touches before they are placed in service.

A new rescue engine will replace the 2003 model year front line engine assigned to the Molino Fire Station. A second rescue engine will replace a 2011 model  front line engine assigned to the Ensley Fire Station.

A standard engine will replace the current 2004 model rescue engine at the Myrtle Grove Fire Station, and a squad engine will replace the current 2002 rescue engine at the Pleasant Grove Fire Station.

The four Pierce engines were purchased with Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds from Ten-8 Fire Equipment, Inc., for just over $2 million.

According to Ten-8, all four of the trucks have the same cab and pump house configurations to standardize the fleet. Each is designed for its response area and support for the entire county.

Each truck features:

  • a 750 gallon tank
  • a 1500 gpm pump
  • a deck gun
  • seating for five personnel for Florida hurricane deployments
  • rear-forward facing crew cab seats that fold to permit better movement in and out of the cab for safety
  • an EMS compartment in the crew area facing rearward above each front wheel so medical equipment can be accessed inside or outside the cab from the ground without entering the cab
  • cargo netting with a single pull lanyard secures the EMS compartments
  • a coated interior, vinyl seats, and headliner help with cab decontamination
  • vertical exhaust keeps heat and emissions away from firefighters working around the apparatus.
  • solid bright red paint to set ECFR apparatus apart from other departments in the area and improves visibility to the motorist

In addition to providing dependable, state-of-the-art equipment, having new engines under warranty will also decrease repair and maintenance costs which have increased significantly due to the aging fleet, the county said when the purchase was approved unanimously by the Escambia County Commission about a year ago.

The trucks were custom built from the ground up.

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Comments

15 Responses to “Four New Fire Trucks Delivered For Molino, Ensley And Two Other Escambia County Fire Stations”

  1. Former firefighter on July 13th, 2020 9:10 am

    The fire engine pumps 1,500 gallons per minute. The engine only holds 750 of water to keep the pump primed, and for use on small fires and clean up from auto accidents. The tanker trucks look like fire engines, they typically hold 2,500 gallons of water or more. At a large fire, a fold up drop tank that holds 500 gallons of water can be set in place to supply the fire engine while the tanker continuously feeds water. Another tanker truck will take its place once the first tanker has been depleted, and the empty tanker will refill at the nearest hydrant and so on. Like a large scale bucket brigade in support of the fire engine to keep it flowing non stop.

  2. Good call on July 13th, 2020 8:41 am

    Tax dollars at work…. Everyone benefits from this… Better use of revenue than handing it over to ECAT.

  3. Gary on July 12th, 2020 4:18 pm

    The LOST money is for capital projects and equipment such as fire engines, ambulance and sheriffs cruisers. The money we pay for fire tax pays salary’s. I support ECFR.

  4. ERIC S MCCOWAN on July 12th, 2020 4:12 pm

    Never thought much about a fire department until 3 weeks ago when my shed/man cave caught fire (lost everything). The fire department was on scene within minutes and put it out before it caught everything else on fire.

    Those men were professional and rushed to the fire, despite my warnings that there were propane tanks and gas cans there. They didn’t even flinch when explosions went off. I can only assume that certain portions of their anatomy were made of steel.

    Point is, give them whatever they need to get the job done!

  5. Charlotte Rebecca Bates on July 12th, 2020 10:54 am

    This is awesome. So happy for all the stations receiving these trucks. They were there for me, the Cantonment station, within minutes, when my house was on fire. Sadly, it burned to the ground, but they did what they could. At least they saved my motor home, and I was able to live in that until I could rebuild.

  6. David on July 12th, 2020 10:28 am

    If some people didnt have something to whine and complain about…they would not be happy
    Great job on the trucks as they are badly needed for fires and safety.
    Support your responders stop your whining

  7. Moe de Lone on July 12th, 2020 10:06 am

    Mighty fine equipment. Not as “purty” as the old Macks from the ’40’s and ’50’s, but assuredly more efficient. Glad to have them in the neighborhood.

    What is the significance of the “4131, RBJ, and 01-24-10″ on the Ensley trucks’ decal?

    Thanks for all you do thru-out the county and be safe.

  8. Anne on July 12th, 2020 9:42 am

    Truly feel Good when seeing one of the Huge Red Firetrucks and on the window is recognition of the Purchased with Local Option Sales Tax – LOST.
    EVERYONE has a hand in buying these Wonderful pieces of Life and Property Saving Equipment…not only those paying homestead/business taxes but Everyone who spends their money in Escambia County, FL.
    We should indeed be Proud and Thankful for our Firefighters, EMTs and First Responders.
    You needed and surely Deserve these new safe rigs.
    God Bless and Keep you ALL.

  9. Well on July 12th, 2020 9:39 am

    Sweet trucks…..

    Hopefully the warranties will never be needed and the fire tax can pay back LOST.

  10. phillip on July 12th, 2020 8:56 am

    This is a good example of local option sales taxes put to good use. I wish Santa Rosa would could understand this. The only thing they can get together on is railing against masks.

    Now that new truck are coming hopefully those constantly complaining about equipment will take a break.

  11. Even a Cop Knows This on July 12th, 2020 8:19 am

    “If the truck holds 750 gallons but pumps 1500 gallons per minute… would that mean they would have to get the fire out in 30 second”

    Pumps have variable speeds. The wide open 1500 gpm is used when it is connected to a water source…like those cute little red fire hydrants we have everywhere

  12. ensley boy on July 12th, 2020 7:46 am

    If the truck holds 750 gallons but pumps 1500 gallons per minute… would that mean they would have to get the fire out in 30 seconds? Hmmm.

  13. mat on July 12th, 2020 7:00 am

    They look great. Maybe we should have a parade
    to show them to everyone.

  14. dishearted on July 12th, 2020 6:38 am

    if the people have to pay $125.33 tax for fire, why are the people paying for it with LOST funds…

  15. Amy on July 12th, 2020 4:08 am

    They sure are some impressive workhorses! Congrats Molino! Have a love for old and new Engines as well as ambulances being a Paramedic. Work hard and stay safe!





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