member of the Maumelle Fire Department fleet is currently being built at
the Smeal Fire Apparatus assembly plant in Snyder, Nebraska. The new pumper's
chassis, a Spartan Gladiator, was delivered to Smeal late last year. The
custom-designed body will be assembled in Nebraska and the fire department
will take delivery of the new truck later this year.
Arrival of the new pumper with allow both Maumelle engine companies to operate off of apparatus less than five years old. Currently, Engine 1 staffs a 2006 Smeal pumper and Engine 2 staffs a 1996 Pierce Quantum. The Pierce was purchased in 2007 because the department did not have a reserve pumper. However, it was pressed into daily service in November 2008 when the department split into two full-time engine companies. The Pierce will return to reserve status when the new pumper arrives.
|The cab has
seating for a total of six people with three of the seats containing built-in
brackets for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The engine will typically
be staffed with two or three firefighters, but includes two fold-down seats
on the rear wall when additional seating is
console contains controls for emergency lighting and sirens as well as the
vehicle's transmission, air conditioning and heating.
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