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The Silsbee Fire Department put their newest pumper in service on May 18.The 1,260-gallon per minute pumper will be housed at Fire Station No. 4 on Knupple Street in Silsbee. The pumper can carry 1,000 gallons of water and has 1,000 feet of 5-inch hose, 200 feet of 3-inch hose and 600 feet of half-inch hose. It also carries 150 feet of hose in the front bumper area for easy access. The 2- door pumper is a Pierce fire truck built on a Freightliner chassis. Usually, firefighters drive directly to the scene of a fire or accident with 1 or 2 individuals responsible for bringing the pumper to the scene. The new pumper weighs 36,000 pounds (18 tons) and is lighter than other trucks. Trucks that are lighter with a short wheelbase can maneuver in tighter spaces, compared to larger vehicles. The Silsbee FP anticipated it will be loaded with extraction devices to be used at accident scenes. Photo by Danny Reneau

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The Silsbee Bee

P.O. Box 547
Silsbee, TX 77656
Phone: 409-385-5278
Fax: 409-385-5270