Wilmore Fire Chief Jeff Anderson was beaming last Saturday as his department's new fire truck led Santa Claus to deliver goodies to children during the city's Old Fashioned Christmas.
The 2008 Pierce Engine Pumper will replace a 1982 engine that would no longer pass inspection.
"It's a 6-man cab," Anderson said. "It has a 1,500 gallon per minute pump on it, and Class A foam. That means it uses foam for fire suppression, which is probably four times better than water alone."
The new truck cost $269,000 and puts Wilmore's volunteer fleet at four vehicles.
"We have two pumpers and a ladder truck plus one reserve pumper," Anderson said. "We're going to keep it (reserve pumper) for a while. It's kind of a training truck, and we can use it temporarily if one of the other pumpers goes out of service."
This was the city's first purchase of a fire truck since 1997. The truck was purchased from Finley (Ohio) Fire Apparatus.