The Brazos County District Two Volunteer Fire Department has added a dual-purpose fire truck to its fleet. Engine 222 serves as a fire engine and as a water tender, also referred to as a water “tanker”.
Chief Joe Boyd says based on their location in the county, the fire engine needed a large water supply.
“It has 1,800 gallons of water and a 1,500 GPM (gallons per minute) pump, that way it can bring its own water to whatever fire it goes to,” said Chief Boyd.
Chief Boyd says Engine 222, nicknamed “Triple Deuce”, seats four firefighters and one driver and can also be used when help is requested from other departments.
The custom truck, which cost close to $500,000, has a complete cache of rescue equipment and hand tools to tend to emergencies in the Edge community and throughout District 2.
“This truck will allow us to be more aggressive and fight longer before our backup arrives,” said Chief Boyd.
Photos courtesy of Brazos County District 2 VFD.
News release from Brazos County District 2 VFD:
Brazos County ESD #2 has furnished a new fire truck to the Brazos County District 2 Volunteer Fire Department. Located at Station #2 in Edge, Engine 222 is a 2019 Pierce Saber Pumper/Tender with an on-board water capacity of 1800 gallons and a pump capable of delivering 1500 gallons per minute. This dual-purpose fire truck serves as a fire engine and as a water tender (often referred to as water “tanker”). It’s dual purpose design enables 222 to respond to a wide variety of incidents serving many roles including rescue, fire suppression, and serving as a water supply to other fire apparatus. Engine 222 seats 4 firefighters and a driver and has a complete cache of rescue equipment and hand tools to tend to emergencies in the Edge community and throughout District 2.
This engine will not only respond to calls within District 2, but will also be available as necessary when mutual aid is requested from other departments in Brazos County as well as Madison, Robertson, and Leon Counties. This new engine replaced a 20 + year old fire engine that could no longer meet the current demands of its community. District 2 VFD is beyond grateful to ESD #2 for providing this vital piece of equipment to protect its citizens. District 2 VFD would also like to extend a special thank you to everyone in the community who continues to support the department through donations, attending our annual 4th of July Fireworks Show & Fundraiser, media coverage, and all other efforts put forth to help better enable us to serve the community.