A new Pierce tanker that will enable firefighters to fight blazes more quickly began service at Lewistown Fire Co. 22 on Sunday, August 1 after firefighters were trained to run the new equipment.
The new Tanker 22 carries 3,000 gallons of water and has three exit portals for "dumping" water into the dual holding tanks that the piece carries. These can now be filled more quickly, which will allow the company's new pumper to extract and maintain a supply of water to extinguish fires much faster. The tanker pumps 1,250 gallons per minute.
It includes 300 feet of 3"Â line, 100 feet of 5" Âline and 300 feet of 1 1/2" attack line, a big capacity improvement over the old 2,000-gallon tanker. "We could roll up on a house fire with this one and make and sustain an initial attack for a longer period of time," said Chief Mike Stull.
The old tanker, a 1980 model with a 1994 chassis, will be sold. A tanker identical to Lewistown's was also put in service in
August in Brunswick, Chief Stull said.