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North Myrtle Beach Fire/Rescue receives 2016 Pierce 95-foot fire truck

2016 Pierce 95-foot Mid-Mount fire truck (Source: Patrick Dowling) 2016 Pierce 95-foot Mid-Mount fire truck (Source: Patrick Dowling)
(Source: Patrick Dowling) (Source: Patrick Dowling)
(Source: Patrick Dowling) (Source: Patrick Dowling)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – North Myrtle Beach's fire department just upgraded its firetruck from a 1996 model to 2016, bringing it into the new millennium with a truck up-to-speed in safety and technology.

North Myrtle Beach Fire Station #1 on Second Avenue South received a brand new dark metallic blue over red Mid-Mount fire truck on July 15, according to Patrick Dowling, Public Information Officer for NMB.

Fire Truck 714 cost $1.2 million and it replaced the city’s 1996 KME Aerial Cat 102 foot Rear-Mounted Aerial, the release states. The old truck is still in the back parking lot of the public safety building, and will still be used if its needed.

The new fire truck has an effective life span of 20 years and it comes with many different features. Some of the features include: a 2,000 gallons per minute Hale pump, 300 gallon poly tank, 500 horse power Detroit (DD13) with an Allison Transmission, several emergency lights, David Clarke Headsets for clear in-truck communication, 95 foot aerial ladder and a DVR system that allows for video recording of fire scenes.

The look has changed as well drastically. Since the police and fire departments are cross-trained half is blue for police and half is red for fire.
The old truck is in the back parking lot, worn from its years of use.It's replacement version can pump more water.

The biggest impact is the technology, and more importantly, the safety upgrades the older version didn't have.

"This truck has airbags in it for our firefighters, it has rollover protection, it has tack force suspension which makes it easier to drive," explained NMB Fire Chief Garry Spain. "We have cameras on this truck that can show the front view and back view.... While we are fighting fire this truck is taking pictures so we can go back and we can download this information and use it for training scenarios."

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