Las Cruces Gets Two New Fire Trucks

Las Cruces – The Las Cruces Fire Department would like to invite citizens to a display of two new fire engines on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, from noon to 1 p.m.

The event will take place at City Hall, 700 N. Main St., prior to the scheduled City Council meeting. Fire personnel will be on hand to showcase features and answer questions.

These engines will be put into service at the city's two busiest stations, Station 1 on Picacho Avenue and Station 2 on Foster Road. The engines being replaced have been in service for ten years and have each logged over 120,000 miles.

The delivery of these newest engines is on schedule with the fire department's fleet replacement plan that was implemented with the Fiscal Year 2008 budget. The new engines, built by Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wisconsin, were purchased for $438,944 each through a New Mexico Finance Authority loan. The loan will be paid for out of the Vehicle Acquisition Fund through nine annual payments.

Each engine has seating for five firefighters, a 1,500 gallon-per-minute pump, foam system, and a 500 gallon water tank. The new apparatus also include safety features such as front and side-impact airbags, rear and side-mounted cameras, seatbelt monitoring, and a vehicle data recorder.