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August 20, 2012

Stillwater Fire Department will add tender to its firefighting arsenal

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater will add a 3,500 gallon tanker/tender truck to its wildfire-arsenal.

Monday night, the Stillwater City Council unanimously authorized Fire Chief Tom Bradley to purchase the tanker/tender from E-One Fire Apparatus in Ocala, Fla., for $266,385.

Bradley said he expects the tanker/tender to arrive in seven to 10 days, and be a huge asset in fighting wildfires and rural fires.

The Fire Department will purchase the truck with money from its non-appropriated restricted fund budget, which is mainly funded from fees for rural fire delivery, Bradley said.

August wildfires pointed to a need for a tanker/tender to shuttle water to brush trucks and other firefighting equipment. The Stillwater Fire Department doesn’t have a way to do this.

During August’s wildfires, Oklahoma State University provided a tanker/tender to Stillwater and wildfire support units brought their own tankers/tenders to the Glencoe wildfire.

The E-One tanker/tender will have an automatic nozzle at the front of the apparatus that can shoot 500 gallons of water per minute onto a fire. It also has an water intake hose that can draw water from a swimming pool to store in the tank or squirt on a fire, Bradley said.

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