The Southern Fire Protection District of Holt County in Oregon, Missouri recently took delivery of a new apparatus. The 2015 Ford F350 4×4 club cab truck was purchased from Walton Motors in Savannah and then taken to Kranz Truck Equipment in Kansas City where it was fitted with a new 9’ Reading enclosed utility body. Haug Communications in St. Joseph did the installation of emergency lighting and equipment and then firemen changed over all of the equipment from its old ambulance to the new apparatus and put it into service on June 17. Truck #7 will be used primarily as the district’s extrication and rescue truck, but it is also used as a tow vehicle for the district’s new grass fire unit and their air and light trailer, as well as to haul extra manpower to a scene when needed.
In the late fall of 2013, the district also put into service Truck #8, its new grass firefighting apparatus. A 2014 Polaris 800 6×6 was purchased and equipped with a high pressure low volume pump slide-in unit complete with a 60 gallon tank and 5 gallon foam cell. A tandem axle trailer was also purchased to haul the unit to the scene. This unit will be used to assist firemen in fighting grass fires, which are normally a high percentage of their calls. This unit can be taken into areas where the brush trucks cannot get to as well as being a third brush truck when needed for faster more efficient extinguishment of fires. It seems to have already paid for itself this spring!