11/12/08 56 W, 1 I - + 12 - 18 New Command Vehicles in Cary

The Cary Fire Department recently placed in service a pair of Ford F-250 Super Duty trucks as Battalion Chief vehicles. They replaced a pair of older Ford Excursions, one of which was wrecked some months ago. Battalion 2 is pictured below, parked around the corner from Fire Administration. Click to enlarge:

Mike, any reason why they went to trucks? Im assuming that the excursions didn’t make much better gas mileage than the trucks do. Just curious…
DHFD - 11/13/08 - 11:34

One reason I have heard several other departments gearing toward trucks is that they are a whole lot safer due to moving potential projectiles to an enclosed space outside of the passenger compartment.
Adam Brown - 11/13/08 - 18:11

One of the big reasons that we went with the Pick-up concept was so that we could haul equipment to and from the fire scene i.e. hose, bunker gear. These vehicles will also be used to haul the enclosed trailers that contain all of our specialized rescue equipment for confined space and trench rescue. In the coming year there is a possibility that we will be going to one vehicle that can haul all of our equipment for rescue. I am sure that the fuel mileage is very comparable to the excursions. These trucks are very basic with no frills (State Contract) diesel engine, 2 wheel drive, again very basic.
Jacot - 11/14/08 - 12:09

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