MILTON — The City of Milton Fire Department recently took delivery of a brand new fire-rescue vehicle.
The new unit, a custom 4-door Midi-Pumper, from Sunbelt Fire Apparatus in Fairhope, Alabama, was built by E-One Fire Apparatus of Ocala, Florida. The new vehicle will be designated as “Rescue 23,” and replaces a 2001 E-One Super Lynx Midi-Pumper, scheduled to be sold as surplus property.
“This new rescue is specifically designed to meet the operational needs of providing care for the residents of the City of Milton on emergency medical calls and other emergencies,” said Fire Chief John E. Reble. “It incorporates many of the beneficial features of our existing front-line rescue, while adding several new capabilities and increased equipment storage."
The black and gold chevrons painted on the back of the vehicle are a tribute to Milton High School.
The rescue responds to all medical emergencies, vehicle accidents and similar rescue-related incidents. It also responds with a fire engine to vehicle fires, brush fires and haz-mat incidents, providing greater mobility and additional resources. There are two hydraulic hose reels for extrication equipment, allowing both the cutters and spreaders, (“Jaws of Life”) to be pre-connected to the power unit, ready for immediate use at a vehicle accident. The compartments all have roll-up doors, providing increased convenience and safety when accessing equipment. Seating is provided for up to five personnel in the four-door cab.
“The Rescue is by far the busiest unit in our fleet, answering over 1,500 calls each year,” said Reble. “This new vehicle will greatly improve the capabilities of responding personnel, and provides much greater flexibility for the department’s emergency operations.”