Kent Volunteer Fire Department invites all to a “Wetdown” to see its newest fire apparatus Sunday, July 22 from noon to 3 p.m.
Engine 2 is a custom pumper created for KVFD by KME Fire Apparatus of Nesquehoning, PA. The 2012 engine carries 1,000 gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam. It has a 1,500 gallons per minute Hale pump on board and a Foam Pro 2001 foam system.
There are four different ladders on board, as well as a Command light tower, a 10 kw generator and a remote-controlled deck gun. There are 1,500 feet of five-inch hose and 800 feet of smaller hose.
The truck has a number of technological improvements over the 16-year-old pumper it replaces. The pump is electronically controlled and it has an air prime system. There is a backup camera that includes both side views as well as the rear. All of the lights, except the light tower, are LED lights.
The cab seats six people and there are air pak seats with the self-contained breathing apparatus ready for immediate donning. Each seat has a monitor system for seatbelts. The radio system allows communication with both the Litchfield County and Dutchess County frequencies.
KVFD’s truck committee met for nine months to plan for the truck purchase. It was delivered after 13 months of work. Engine 2 will be put into service this month after fire department members are fully trained on its use.