Lexington County refurbishes fire engine in Edmund to save money and extend truck’s service life
Edmund, SC (Paul Kirby) Lexington County has refurbished their old Engine 13 which is stationed in Edmund to save money and provide a truck that has fewer maintenance issues while still serving the people of the county for years to come. According to Harrison Cahill, spokesman for the county, what they did is expected to extend the life of the truck about 10 years.
The truck now has a new motor, transmission, lights, interior, and paint. The paint that was applied during the rebuild is the county’s new red and charcoal grey color scheme. The chassis itself is still in good shape as was the pump and the plumbing. The bodies on these trucks are made of high quality materials and can last for years if they are properly maintained.
The truck is just like most of the other trucks in the county’s fleet. It has room for four firefighters inside, pumps 1,500 gallons-per-minute, carries 1,000 gallons of water, 5” supply hose, and different length attack lines that are pre-connected to the truck so that you only need to pull them off to attack a fire. They also have a full compliment of medical equipment onboard for all the EMS first responder calls they run.
New fire trucks like the ones that Lexington County bought last year can cost over $500,000 each. Rebuilding an older model truck and using it for another 10-years can save a huge portion of that cost while the newly redone trucks functions just like the new trucks in the county. If a truck is in good condition and this is an option, it really is a no-brainer.