HOUSTON – A brand new rescue truck is now in service to replace old rescue truck for Houston Fire Station 42.
The truck is a 2020 model Spartan SVI. The chassis is built by Spartan and the body is built by SVI. The truck was purchased through Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist.
This apparatus took a year to build and is replacing current day Rescue 42 at Station 42 which is also a Spartan SVI. Now that the new Rescue 42 is in service, the old Rescue 42 will be placed in a reserve status.
Special features include: a 20KW diesel generator to run the lights and the rear A/C, 100 gallon fuel tank, ability to carry trench rescue equipment, independent front suspension, bigger rehab/dressing room, trailer connections recessed into the rear bumper to keep them from getting damaged.
Extra equipment includes: Paratech structural collapse/trench rescue equipment and Finn form shoring boards.
The total cost of the truck is $945,000 and is funded by Houston taxpayers.
“With this new Rescue truck, the Houston Fire Department will be better able to serve the technical rescue needs of our community. The new apparatus provides HFD with the additional support needed to continue with our commitment to the safety of our residents. I thank our team members for their work in research and planning, and thank Mayor Turner and the taxpayers of the City of Houston for helping us meet the growing number of public safety needs.”
says Fire Chief Sam Peña.