OCES District #3 welcomes new member
The new pumper truck joined the team on Thursday, Aug. 26 but the department can’t use it until Sunday, Sept. 19. Chief Robert Simonson said every fire fighter must go through driver training on the new truck.
The new vehicle carries a thousand gallons of water and cost a whopping $325,000. The tax payers who voted yes for the sales tax increase are to thank.
“Little Cypress is always trying to do and buy the right things to keep insurance payments and taxes pretty low,” said Bobby Manshack. “Things have been financially hard due to annexation and the hurricane. We’ve had to save every penny.”
The new truck meets all of the new safety requirements and has total rollover safety for the fire fighters that ride inside of the truck. “It is state of the art , it drives much nicer, pumps water faster and safer and has a whole different reliability,” said Simonson. It even has that new car smell!
This new truck makes the eighth truck for this station and it replaces a 1988 model. Each truck generally gives 20 years of service. The 1988 model will be repaired and used as a reserve truck. Each truck serves a different purpose. Pumpers serve for a quick attack, the tanker brings 3000 gallons of water to the fire scene, and the ladder truck at OCES District #3 is the only one in the county with a platform and basket that raises 110 feet in the air. The OCES District #3 plans on getting a new Brush Truck and is getting the only fire boat with a pump in the county.
OCES District #3 has 20 volunteers augmented with 8 paid firemen. Seven of the firemen are going to school for fire investigaion. When not putting out fires, the fire fighters of District #3 spend their time cleaning and training. They are required to to complete several hours of training and are required to continue their education in fire and EMS services.
OCES District #3 serves 48 square miles and around 10,000 people in Orange County.