The Saco Fire Department recently took delivery of its new Engine 5, a 2016 Ferrara MVP (Multi-Vocational Pumper), built on a Cinder custom chassis with an Extruded Aluminum Body. Engine 5 has a Hale QMAX 1500 GPM pump with a Foam Pro 2002 system and carries 1000 gallons of water and 50 gallons foam.
Operationally, Engine 5 replaces Engine 7 (which was traded in as part of the purchase) and is first due on all motor vehicle accidents and special rescue incidents as well as serving as the water supply engine for all fire incidents. Engine 5 also responds on medical emergencies with an ambulance as determined by our Priority Dispatch Emergency Medical Dispatch protocols.
Engine 5 was designed to meet the increasing growth of responsibilities assigned to the fire department and it is better suited for our large volume of calls that are not fire suppression related. The focus is shifting from carrying large amounts of hose to increased compartmentation for effective and efficient operations at medical calls and specialized rescues as well as its’ ability to operate as a fully functional pumper at a fire scene; Multi-Vocational Pumper.
Engine 5 and all of the Saco Fire Department apparatus and emergency equipment will be on display at our annual Open House, April 9, 2016.