CARRBORO, N.C. – What’s red and shiny, and weighs 44,000 pounds?
An impressive new fire engine rolled into Carrboro Fire-Rescue Station No. 2 on Homestead Road earlier this week.
Battalion Chief Chad Woods, who has been working with Chief Will Potter on the acquisition of the engine over the past year, was pleased to share its accolades last Tuesday, Aug. 15 – the day it rolled into town. This new Engine 2 can pump water, carry hose, and has a water tank. It holds over 1,000 gallons of water and over 1,000 feet of fire hose; and four firefighters can ride at a time.
In addition to its “new car smell,” there are unique features that distinguish it from the older engines -- a proper bell and a modern roto-ray warning light, both designed to get people’s attention on emergency calls.
Residents will see the new engine traveling around town in a couple of weeks. In early fall, the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department will hold a “Push-In” ceremony and officially dedicate the engine to protecting our community. The event will be open to the public, so stay tuned for more information.
The new engine replaces Engine 10, a 1998 engine that will become a reserve engine. The new engine cost $658,000 and completes the department’s fleet of three engines (two front line engines and one reserve engine), as well as a ladder truck, a tanker truck and brush truck.