By Suzanna Brabant Contributing Writer
April 30, 2014
Whoo hoo! Red Boiling Springs’ new fire engine arrived in town on Friday, April 25th, not a moment too soon. While the men of the RBS Fire Department waited for its arrival at City Hall, they were called to a fire on the outskirts of town.
This proved to be a minor one. Police Officer Kevin Woodard put out the fire with an extinguisher while the fire fighters were en route and the fire, the result of a faulty electrical plug connected to a stove range, was processed and cleared in record time so the men could return to wait for the new fire engine.
“It’s a big deal for us,” Fire Chief Randy Hagan said. “It’s a whole lot of security for everybody in Red Boiling. Peace of mind,” he said, “better equipment.”
“It means we’re all going to be a lot safer,” the men agreed. “Everything’s new and everything’s better.” The new fire engine is a 2012 Freightliner. It includes a 1000 gallon water tank, a 1,250 gallons-per-minute water pump, a new 8500 watt generator and all kinds of bells and whistles. The firemen couldn’t wait to get their hands on it, not just to install the hoses and ladders that would make it ready for business, but also to learn how it works. Danny Knight demonstrated the mechanics of the new ladder loader. Others made sure the controls worked.
“With tags, registration and the installment of the ladders and hoses,” Assistant Fire Chief Travis Davis said, “the fire engine will be ready to roll.” He planned to get the tags and registration in order by the end of day. The new fire engine was purchased for $179,083. The city borrowed $171,000 toward its purchase. It will be housed eventually in the new six-bay Red Boiling Springs Fire Hall the city is building with a million dollar Community Development Block Grant.
Completion of the fire hall is expected by the end of May or soon afterwards.