There’s a shiny new firetruck riding around Addison these days! The Addison Fire Department officially welcomed Rescue 101 to its fleet in a small push-in ceremony on Aug. 28 at Fire Station 1. This new apparatus, which was built to protect the airport and combat fuel fires, carries 1,600 gallons of water, 220 gallons of foam, and up to 500 pounds of dry chemical powder. It also carries EMS equipment and assorted firefighting or rescue tools.
The vehicle replaces a nearly 20-year-old Oshkosh T-1500 and the approximately $700,000 price tag is being funded through the Town’s Airport Fund.
“Very exciting to see our new Rescue 101 arrive today,” stated the Addison Fire Department in a Facebook post on Aug. 17. “Thanks to our Airport and Town leadership. Incredible job by Captain Scott Wigley and all of the apparatus committee members. Training started almost immediately.”
Staff from the fire, airport and city manager departments were joined by Mayor Joe Chow, Deputy Mayor Pro Tempore Guillermo Quintanilla and Council Members Ivan Hughes and Paul Walden at the push-in ceremony on Aug. 28. This ceremony was symbolic of the horse-drawn carriage days, when firefighters actually pushed their trucks into the station after they had been washed. This time-honored tradition is still recognized today as a way to debut new vehicles.
Congratulations on the pretty new truck, Addison Fire Department!