06/27/13 321 W, 4 I - + 8 - 6 UPDATED: Wilmington's New Rescue Truck

June 27
Our friends at the Wilmington Fire Department share a couple more photos of their new truck, plus some information. Rescue 2 replaces 1999 and 2006 Hackney medium-duty rescue trucks. They had commercial cabs with four-person seating. The 2006 truck is shown, back when the rescues were called squads. This truck will become a reserve rescue, and the 1999 rescue will used by the water rescue/dive team. It will replace an older vehicle.
Rescue 2 is staffed with personnel consolidated from Rescue 1 and Rescue 8. It will answer the same call types as the prior units, but the department's expanded their rescue capabilities with extrication equipment added on all the truck companies and quints-as-engines. It's housed at Station 2, which is a central location in the city. For new equipment, Rescue 2 has an onboard air compressor, the second one in the city. There's a light tower, a 40kw PTO generator, the latest Hurst tools, a remote CAD monitor for the rear positions, and wireless headsets for all riding positions that have a 150-foot operating radius around the truck.

The truck's equipped for technical rescue and extrication. The department also has collapse, trench, and confined space equipment stored in a trailer also located at Station 2. The trailer is pulled by a light-duty rescue unit, dedicated for that purpose. Those units are part of USAR Task Force 11. Thanks Chris, for the pictures and information. Click to enlarge:

Wilmington Fire Department photos

June 25
The Wilmington Fire Department has received a new heavy rescue truck, a 2013 Pierce Velocity (correct?) that will serve as Rescue 2. The truck will be received at the Empie Park Fire Station tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in a housing ceremony. The new truck has twice the capacity of the prior rig, notes this press release. Perhaps readers can share more details, such as staffing information. (Didn't the department just consolidate its two rescue companies into a single unit?)

Wilmington Fire Department photo

Yea that’s right. Wilmington had three Rescues, then moved to two. Those two are now one centrally located. It’s part of a redeployment model for the city. First full size “Rescue” for the WFD.
Ryan - 06/27/13 - 18:44

Beautiful rig. I like the traditional and minimal lettering for Rescue 2 Company. Looks really sharp.

Trevor James (Email) (Web Site) - 06/28/13 - 17:47

I remember not too long ago when the brothers from WFD came to Cary to look at Rescue 4. Looks like they must have liked it seeing the similarities. Very nice rig, love the red roll up doors and chevrons on the front bumper. Congrats guys!
shevais - 06/29/13 - 11:45

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