New water tender provides improved fire-fighting capabilities in Clarkdale

CLARKDALE -- A new 2015 Freightliner Water Tender/Pumper is now serving the citizens of Clarkdale. The tender/pumper is used to transport water for fire suppression to areas of the District that do not have a municipal water supply.

The District was using a 1987 converted construction water tanker. The 27-year-old tanker was not designed for fire suppression and, due to its age, it was getting difficult to find replacement parts.

The new tender/pumper is much more efficient. It carries 3,000 gallons of water, almost twice as much as the old tanker held, it has a larger pump capacity and it can carry more equipment and hose.

In addition, it has better safety features like modern brakes, power steering, automatic transmission, baffles in the tank (to impede water movement which can contribute to a roll-over) and hand-holds and steps to access equipment and hose.

The purchase of the new tender/pumper was made possible by the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The total purchase price of the new tender/pumper was $225,933, with $210,672 being funded by the grant.

The District applied to AFG in December, 2013, was awarded in July, 2014 and purchased and picked-up the unit in Minnesota at the end of October, 2014.

Before being placed into service, a mobile radio and antenna needed to be installed, additional lettering ordered and applied and training completed by District personnel.

The AFG is a component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the Nation's overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards by providing grants to first-responder organizations for equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

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