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VIDEO: Texas volunteers turn old military rigs into their new fire trucks
Firefighters in one Texas community spent countless hours making a military cargo truck their new fire truck. The Wheelock Volunteer Fire Department were able to get the retired rig through the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program, reported. From [Wheelock Fire Chief Frank] Little estimated the department spent $5,000 to paint the truck ...
New Ferrara will soon be serving one Kentucky community
A new Ferrara fire truck will soon be serving in one Kentucky community. The 2015 rig, which costs about $425,000, will call the Henderson Fire Department home, according to Expected to arrive in the next few weeks, the rig has a 1,000 gallon water tank and 20 gallon foam tank. It will be the first ...
Two crashes in two weeks hurts Buffalo’s fleet
Two crashes involving fire trucks in two weeks is putting a dent in the Buffalo Fire Department’s fleet. The latest was Monday night as the crew was headed to a fire, reported. The driver of the other car left the scene on foot, according to “Our fleet has taken a hit this winter. It’s ...
Fort Worth fire truck struck at scene of crash
A Fort Worth, Texas fire truck was hit by a police car after the cruiser was struck by another vehicle at the scene of a crash Monday morning. From Firefighters and police had responded to an unrelated wreck involving two cars. A pickup slammed into the unoccupied patrol car, which was then shoved into ...
VIDEO: Pennsylvania fire truck involved in collision
A Pennsylvania fire truck and pickup collided Saturday morning, injuring nine. The Richlandtown Fire Company rig was heading to the fire training school when the crash happened on icy roads, reported. From Preliminary reports indicate a pick-up truck was crossing the bridge heading south when it struck the fire truck. The fire truck then ...
Mississippi departments welcome new fire trucks
Two Mississippi departments welcomed new fire trucks. The Rawls Springs Volunteer Fire Department and the McLaurin Volunteer Fire Department received the rigs Monday morning, according to From The trucks came in part by a rural fire truck acquisition assistance program along with matching grants from the county, and with fire department insurance rebate ...
California fire truck struck while on crash scene
A California fire truck was damaged Sunday morning while at the scene of another crash. The Rodeo-Hercules fire truck went a call for a car flipped over, reported. While there, the rig was parked, blocking a lane, when another car struck it in the rear, according to From None of the nine ...
Virginia fire truck involved in collision
A Virginia fire truck was damaged after a collision with two cars. Officials said the Hampton Fire and Rescue rig was not responding to an emergency at the time, according to From Police say the fire engine was traveling northbound on Woodland Road when it was hit by a blue GMC pickup truck traveling ...
VIDEO: Maryland fire truck rolls off road
A Maryland fire truck rolled over Monday while returning from a public safety training facility. No one was hurt when the Junior Fire Company fire truck, in Frederick County, went off the road, according to From The truck slid off the road and into a water-filled ditch, but [Acting Deputy Fire Chief Steve] ...
Intense heat of blaze melts letters on U.K. fire truck
A fire truck in the United Kingdom suffered some damage while firefighters battled a blaze. The heat of the fire was so intense, it melted the lettering on a Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service rig, reported. The image was tweeted by the fire crew. Read more and see pictures from the scene on ...
Indiana fire museum to celebrate first anniversary
If you’re in Indiana in a few weeks, check out the first Appreciation Day at the Vintage Fire Museum and Safety Education Center. The celebration on Mar. 21 marks the museum’s first year in Jeffersonville, reported. From Featured in the museum is a hand pumper from 1756 that still works, a horse-drawn steamer, ...
Arizona department creates smaller response teams in smaller rigs
One Arizona department is responding to different calls with different fire apparatus. The Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department is now using smaller vehicles with a firefighter and a paramedic on some responses, reported. From The system, called a low-acuity response unit, uses a smaller truck to replace a previous protocol in which ...
Los Angeles fire truck involved in crash
A Los Angeles fire truck and a pickup collided Monday afternoon. The crash created a traffic jam, reported. No one was injured in the collision. Read more and see video on
New Rosenbauer fire truck in Iowa
There’s a new Rosenbauer serving one Iowa town. This aerial view of the Ottumwa Fire Department’s new rig is from More aerial images of the Rosenbauer are on You can also see the rig on Ottumwa Fire Department’s Facebook page from a post on Feb. 11 when officials made a final inspection and some ...
Future firefighters at New Jersey academy get new tool with old fire truck
Future firefighters have a new tool at one New Jersey academy after officials in Robbinsville Township sold them an old rig for $1. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department’s 1996 Pierce was being retired with the purchase of a new rig, reported. From Hunterdon County Fire Academy was in need of a used fire ...
Florida fire truck had extra passenger with wings
One Florida firefighter had an extra passenger in his fire truck on the way to a call. Whoooooooo, you ask? The Clay County lieutenant told an owl was under the seat and flew out while he was driving. The owl “went wild,” reported. Whaaaaaaaaat happened next? Read the story on
VIDEO: Ohio fire truck, car collide
Three Ohio firefighters were injured when their fire truck and a car collided. The Munson Township rig was headed to a house fire at the time, reported. From Authorities say one vehicle was driving eastbound on Wilson Mills Road, when the driver slowed down and pulled over for the oncoming fire truck. The ...
New Pierce in service in Colorado
There’s a new Pierce serving one Colorado community. The $1.2 million rig, Tower 6 of the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, replaces a 2000 truck, according to Tower 6, with a 100-foot ladder, arrived in January and went into service in late February. From Loveland engineer Shelby Vrem said everything on the truck is ...
United Kingdom fire truck goes blue to promote prostate cancer awareness
A fire engine in the United Kingdom has gone blue for a cause. The Humberside Fire and Rescue Service rig is being used in a campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer, according to “We want this campaign to encourage more men to get symptoms for prostate cancer checked out and treated early – ...
Two Cleveland Fire Department rigs involved in crashes
Two Cleveland Fire Department rigs were involved in crashes Monday morning. From A fire engine and fire truck were responding to a two-car crash about 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Buckeye Road when both trucks were struck by cars, department spokesman Larry Gray said. The two apparatus ...
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