MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council members were given a sneak peek at the city’s newest fire truck Monday night.
Mount Vernon Fire Department Assistant Chief Chris Menapace, Capt. Joe Jurkowitz and firefighter Trevor Williams brought the truck to City Hall Monday night at the request of Bruce Hawkins so that council members could see what their $393,500 appropriation purchased.
The new truck features more convenient storage areas, a 1,000-gallon water tank, a dual ventilation system, a ram nozzle that will dump 500-gallons of water a minute, special ladder storage that allows for maximum equipment storage space and special color-coded water level gauges on each side of the truck to allow firefighters to know how much water remains in the tank.
In addition, a command light on top of the vehicle, will provide necessary lighting with the ability to rotate 360 degrees. “This is a phenomenal feature,” Menapace said.
A final unique addition to the truck was the utilization of what would have been wasted space above the passenger side wheel well. According to Menapace, firefighter Leo Swank suggested developing storage spaces for extra air bottles in the area.