A new member of the Western Reserve Fire District debuted Monday afternoon while responding to a car accident.
Firefighters drove to the crash using a new $414,000 fire engine. It was the first emergency call for the new truck, which is housed at Station 93 near the intersection of New Castle and Hubbard roads, Poland’s “North Hill.”
The single-car accident on Upland Avenue was reported about 4 p.m. and did not cause any injuries to the occupants, firefighters said. The fire district uses volunteers and covers Poland township and village.
The Saber model engine from Pierce Manufacturing was ordered in April and arrived Dec. 29. It replaced a 1983 engine that was worn down and did not meet current safety standards, such as having a fully enclosed cab for firefighters.
Since Dec. 29, firefighters have transferred equipment to the new truck and undergone training on how to use it, said Assistant Fire Chief Tony Sferra.
The engine has a 1,000-gallon water tank and the capacity to pump 1,500 gallons per minute.
“This is smaller in length than our other tanker, and it gets into tighter areas while carrying the same number of personnel,” Sferra said.
Sferra said one of the few modifications was adding a deluge gun that is easy to aim water from to the top of the engine.
By the time the truck is outfitted with all the necessary equipment, the cost likely will be close to $450,000, he said.
The engine is funded by a 1-mill capital-improvement levy that generates about $340,000 annually. The levy was approved by voters in May 2011 and designated for capital improvements. Chief David Comstock Jr. has said it will take about three years’ worth of levy money to pay for the engine and an addition to Station 92 on state Route 170 near Dobbins Road.