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Township board approves purchase of new fire truck

January 24, 2019

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors on Wednesday approved the purchase of a $987,000 Pierce Velocity Heavy Rescue truck for The Woodlands Fire Department.

The truck is a replacement for aging equipment on the 2003 model heavy rescue truck currently assigned to Station 6 in the Village of College Park and was included in the township’s 2019 budgeting process.

Trucks and heavy equipment are replaced every 15 years, Deputy Fire Chief Doug Adams said, and the new Pierce truck will be multi-use — it will be effective in technical rescues, trench rescues and collapses — and will include updated features, like an area in the back for firefighters on scene to cool off during fires and more storage space.

“We’ll be able to expand the amount of equipment we can carry on it,” Adams said.

Enhanced safety features, however, are the main draw to this specific type of truck, Adams said.

The new truck is set to feature airbags for front and side impact protection and an advanced operating system.

”It will definitely provide more safety for the firefighter,” Adams said.

The truck is expected to be in use within a year.

mrincon@chron.com

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