Preston fire station will get new water tender

December 10, 2009

By Contributor

NEW — 4:10 p.m. Dec. 11, 2009

Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 74 in Preston will soon receive a new water tender.

The 30-year-old water tender, a converted 1980 dump truck from Canada, has served the surrounding communities since 1986.

This specialized firefighting vehicle was scheduled to be replaced sometime next year, but due to mechanical failure, its replacement was accelerated. The new water tender will be more efficient with a 1,800-gallon capacity providing more maneuverability and a cost savings to the citizens of EFR.

According to state law, Eastside Fire & Rescue must go through a formal bid process for any equipment purchases of $50,000 or more. The first bid process for the tender was shelved because the total cost was too high.

The decision was made by Chief of Maintenance Kelly Refvem to adjust specifications in an effort to lower the overall cost and still acquire a solid and reliable piece of equipment that could serve the area. Through EFR’s preplanned Equipment Replacement Fund, the agency was able to fund the water tender without going to voters.

Water tenders are designed for transporting water from a water source, such as a hydrant, to a fire scene. A water tender typically carries firefighting equipment with various hoses and spray nozzles utilized in forest, building or industrial fires, as well as a portable water tank. This specialized vehicle is used in more rural areas where fire hydrants are scarce or nonexistent.

Bids have been accepted and the new water tender is expected to go into service in mid-June of 2010.

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