Fire department gets new engine

| August 9, 2014

WARSAW – On Aug. 7, the Walhonding Valley Fire District in Warsaw became the proud owner of a new fire engine.

The Sutphen custom engine holds 1,500 gallons of water and has a 1,250 gallon per minute pump. Another nice feature of it is its six man cab.

“Before we got this engine we were only able to hold five, but it was really only four that was comfortable,” said Chief Brian Wilson. “Five firefighters were scrunched, but with this one we have plenty of room.”

Engine 701 cost $334,000 and replaces a 1991 one that the department had.

“We have a five-year equipment levy to keep things updated so they don’t get too old,” Wilson said.

The levy was on the ballot this past fall and Wilson is thankful that it was renewed.

“The community is really good to us,” he said.

The last time the fire department got a new engine was in 2005 and the department now has three engines, two tankers, two grass trucks, a boat, a UTV ranger for off road fire fighting rescue, a utility first responder truck, a chief’s truck and a truck for the dive team.

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