NORFOLK NAVAL SHIPYARD, Portsmouth, Va. –
There’s nothing like getting behind the wheel of a vehicle with the new car smell and speeding down the road to see what power lies beneath the hood. Recently, Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Fire Station received a new fire truck to replace one that reached the end of its service life.
“The fire apparatuses we use need to be replaced about every 15 to 20 years due to normal wear and tear,” said Christopher Payne, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services District Two Fire Chief. “The fire apparatus serves in a reserve status for the last five years of its service life.”
The new fire apparatus, call sign Engine 22, can hold up to 750 gallons of water and pump 1,250 gallons of water per minute. It also has the capability to hold 50 gallons of firefighting foam, a stronger extinguisher agent in the event of any aircraft fires.
“Because we respond to emergencies mainly in an industrial area, we outfitted our truck with the tools and equipment that we would use to meet the needs of NNSY,” said Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services District Two Supervisory Paramedic Capt. Roger Hill. “They type of emergencies we respond to are fire, hazardous material spills, emergency medical services (EMS) and technical rescues.”
The capabilities of the new apparatus are exceptional visibility is achieved through a large, bonded, single-piece, wrap-around windshield; lower steps to the ground and offset to function like a stair step, making it easier for firefighters to enter and exit the cab; and a maximum 50-degree cramp angle and 15-degree angle of approach for improved maneuverability in those tight areas and challenging situations.
“Engine 22 will be more reliable and require less down time for repairs,” said Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services District Two Firefighter Kevin Jurnigan. “This makes us more proficient in our duties and responsibilities and better equipped to support NNSY’s vision of delivering on time, every time, everywhere to protect America.”