Still Waters Volunteer Fire and Rescue is very fortunate to have a Pumper Truck and a Fire Engine that are late models and have served the department well. Over recent years, locations and types of calls made use of these large trucks difficult in accessing these types of calls.
Our grant truck Brush 420 was put in service on March 1, 2018. It was used on 14 of 51 total calls or 27.5% of the calls for the department. We learned a lot in 2018 and trained our fire fighters on its proper use. We also added emergency equipment such as the jaws of life to make it a service truck as well. Of the 14 incidents for Brush 420 in 2018, 7 or 50% were brush fires.
In 2019 YTD, Engine 420 has been on 26 of 36 calls or 72.2% of the calls for the department. This is an increase of almost 45% over 2018, and is a direct result of the flexibility of Brush 420 for almost any incident. Our response time and effectiveness has improved because of Brush 420. It is the only Brush Truck in Tallapoosa County and our fire district is very fortunate to have it.
Some information on Brush 420. It is a Ford f550 with 4wd and a 300 gal water tank. It has a cab controlled nozzle on the front of the truck that can be controlled by the driver while the truck is in motion. A self contained diesel pump allows water to be pumped without the truck running. There are two 100ft hoses, one front and one rear. The total cost of Brush 420 was $162,260, the FEMA Grant was for $147,620. The differential of $14,640 was the cost to SWVFR.