A new tanker truck will provide additional support to the Fishers Fire Dept. and ultimately benefit Fishers residents. The new 3,000 gallon tanker truck will replace the current one being used at Station 96. The current tanker holds 1,500 gallons. The body is 50 years old and the chassis is 20 years old.
“We are committed to providing the best fire protection possible for our residents,” stated Jeff Hern, Fall Creek Township Trustee. “A fire can be devastating to a family and community. This new tanker will allow our fire department twice the amount of water once they arrive on the scene. This is instrumental in getting the situation under control and saving property, possibly lives.”
Using money from the Cumulative Fire Fund, the Trustee and Fall Creek Township voted to use those funds to replace the current tanker. The new tanker costs approximately $300,000. The township also purchased a new ambulance earlier in 2013.
“This tanker includes valves for quick dumping capability on both the rear and sides of the truck,” stated Fire Chief Steve Orusa. “It can release up to 3,000 gallons in approximately one minute. This improves our capability to deliver more water faster to extinguish a fire. Approximately 20 percent of our fire response area does not have hydrants. For those areas, having a tanker capable of carrying 3,000 gallons is critical until other tankers arrive to assist.”
Typically up to five tankers can be called to a scene from other communities like McCordsville, Fortville and Wayne Township. Mutual aid between communities is essential to serving residents in all areas.
The tanker is expected to be at the station at 15263 E. 104th St. ready for training at the beginning of January and ready for service by mid-January.