After many months of waiting and speculation, we can put the rumors to rest. On November 28, Chief Duhamell, Asst Chief D. Piasecki and Chief Engineer J. Duhamell made the trip to BWI Airport Fire and Rescue Department to pick up the future Tower 3. BWI FRD has received a new Pierce Tower and was no longer in need of their old one. Through many months of planning and hard work, The Galena Vol. Fire Company has secured the truck and it will soon be serving the citizens of Galena and the surrounding areas.
The truck is a 2002 E-One HP-95 Rear Mount Platform. It has a 95 foot aerial and has a pre-piped waterway. The platform has a 1300 pound tip-load and the master stream monitor is capable of flowing 1500 gallons per minute. Its is powered by a 450 horsepower Cummins Diesel engine and has seating for six firefighters.
We have already begun extensive training and we have a lot of work to do. Lettering and tool mounting will be taking place over the next several weeks and we are aiming to have the Tower in service by February 1. There is no doubt you will see the truck out and about while our members continue to train. PLEASE, stop by and check it out.