Good news for the Fire/EMS department of Douglas County, even better news for citizens:
DOUGLAS COUNTY FIRE/EMS RECEIVES NEW PUMPER ENGINE
A new 2016 E-One Typhoon pumper truck/engine is now in service with the Douglas County Fire/EMS Department at Station No. 1 in Lithia Springs. The new pumper replaces a 2001 model which was placed in reserve/back-up status. The new apparatus was obtained via a lease/purchase agreement.
Special features on the new engine include a 750-gallon water tank, a 30-gallon foam tank for fire smothering, and a separate compartment for housing emergency medical supplies. Since all equipment of the Douglas County Fire/EMS Department is considered first respondent, this separate compartment will house the EMT’s jump bag (medical supplies), oxygen, and an AED (automatic external defibrillator). This compartment is accessible from inside and outside of the engine.
All Douglas County firefighters are cross-trained in a medical capacity, such as EMT, Paramedic, or Cardiac Technician, and therefore are able to provide triage and life-sustaining medical care, regardless of whether or not the first arriving equipment is an engine or a rescue/ambulance.
The new engine has a 1500-gallon per minute pump, a 450-horsepower diesel motor, and can carry up to four firefighters.
The new engine was recently viewed by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners which authorized the procurement.
Thanks to Wes Tallon for the info!