The Bridge City fire department recently acquired two new vehicles from the factory in Appleton, Wisconsin, which were driven here by contractors.

One is a 2013 Pierce Velocity fire engine. It was taken to the bayou Monday where they worked to ensure with the consistent, endless supply of water the fire truck could pump 2000 gallons of water per minute. Once the vehicle is certified which is expected to occur within a week, it will be put into service. The new fire truck replaces a 1989 model.

Also added to the Bridge City Fire Department’s vehicles is a 2013 tanker. It too will have to be certified before it can be put into service. According to James Fissette, Chief of the Bridge City Fire Department, the tanker is necessary when battling fires where there is not a fire hydrant nearby. The tanker holds 2,200 gallons of water.