Grand Island Fire Dept. gets new firetruck

Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 11:01 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island Fire Department had added a brand new fire truck to the fleet on Tuesday after a traditional wash and push back event.

Local kids got in on the fun and helped the firefighter wash the new truck, then push it back in to the garage.

Children help wash the new firetruck for the Grand Island Fire Department.
Children help wash the new firetruck for the Grand Island Fire Department.(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

It is now in commission as truck number one. The firetruck is taking over one that is 20-years-old.

Fire Chief Corey Schmidt said they were very excited about the new truck and all the new equipment that comes along with it.

“If you can imagine a 20-year-old vehicle, the technology that has changed in the last 20 years from a 2000 model to a 2020, there has been a lot of changes and a lot of improvements," he said. "The same is true with fire engines.”

The new truck has two sets of seat covers, which will give the department a chance to wash between calls. It also has a section for their uniforms to go after a call.

Chief Schmidt said it’ll be safer and healthier for the department to limit their exposure to the smoke and chemicals they work with every day.

“Cancer is one of the leading causes of firefighter death," Chief Schmidt said. "This new truck is built to where the bunker gear that our firefighters wear on a fire scene is stored outside of the cab.”

It also has new and brighter lights and a rear-view camera.

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