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HCFR gets new $8 million fleet

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Fire and Rescue is finally training on their new $8 million apparatus fleet, which includes new pumps, ladder trucks and tankers. This new addition is also aimed to keep insurance rates down for Horry County residents.

Every truck in the new fleet was custom-designed by Horry County Fire and Rescue to better efficiently serve the people in Horry County.

The focus on these new trucks is safety, for the fireman and the people in Horry County. Every aspect of the new fleet is aimed to make rescue easier for the firefighters as well as the people they are rescuing. In all, 13 new fire trucks, ten pumper trucks, a 3,300 gallon tanker, and two aerial ladder trucks, that can extend to a height of 109 feet in the air, will be in used in the county. The trucks are considered safer and more efficient, with a sleek style that come in a deep red color, black trim, and silver. 

In the design of the new fleet, more safety features have been added. From the upgraded seats to the air pack brackets, everything that’s secured inside the cab is designed for the safety of the firemen.

The trucks are larger now, holding six firemen. They’ve added some many features to make it easier for the firefighter to use the ladder safely.

The buckets are larger and have specialized places to hold ladders and litter baskets. They’ve added LED lights to make it easier and clearer to see the tops of buildings, as well as an area around the outside of the basket where firefighters or people being rescued can safely step on to. This is something the older fleet lacked.

The older fleet is about 15 years old, with a lot of miles on them and a lot of wear from everyday use. Replacing them with the new ladders has been a priority for quite some time now. They now have two new ladders. The firefighters have been training all week to get these in service soon. They were also training newbies on the older fleet, just in case one of the ladders are in service.

HCFR said that once the new trucks are in service they won’t have the maintenance problem they’re having with the older trucks.

“We won’t have such a maintenance issue, like we’re having with the older trucks – because of millage and wear and tear,” said Battalion Chief Brian VanAernam. “Once these get in service, the safety for the guys, that’s one of the biggest things they really put their time in as they were developing these trucks.”

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