The City of Ashland Fire and Rescue Department have ordered a new fire engine and production of the engine is underway in Bradenton, Florida at a Hughes Fire Equipment facility. Construction of the Pierce Fire Engine began on January 28, 2023.
Ashland City Council ordered the engine last year in an effort to head off maintenance and supply chain concerns. Fire engines are typically replaced every 20 years.
This means for the Ashland Fire and Rescue Department to stay on task and keep their fleet of engines current, a fire engine needs to be ordered every five (5) years. Doing so also meets the national performance standards for fire engines.
Hughes Fire Equipment updated the City on the progress of their new engine on February 4th: “This week the cab began fabrication, and the pump house structure was joined with the fire pump. The body continued with fabrication. Next week the cab should finish with fabrication and the pump house may begin the paint process. The body should finish with fabrication.”
Medford Alert will continue to monitor this build and provide updates as they become available.
Source: City of Ashland