The White Lake Fire Authority recently took delivery of a mini-pumper, pictured here. This truck will be a multi-use unit.
White Lake Fire Authority recently took delivery of a mini-pumper, which will be the first response vehicle for the department.
The truck, manufactured by KME Kovatch, is built on a Ford F-550 chassis. It will be a multi-use unit, responding to fires, water rescues, medical emergencies and vehicle crashes.
It’s the first of two vehicles the department has purchased. They are replacing the aerial truck and the 1989 Spartan pumper which was recently sold.
‘This vehicle will respond to 95 percent of the calls received,” said White Lake Authority Fire Chief Greg Holman.
Holman said the mini-pumper cost $149,961, and the department anticipates its life expectancy to be 15 years.
The other new truck will be a 79-foot ladder truck which will replace the current leased 102-foot aerial truck. Holman said the new truck will have the capability to reach the tallest structures in the department’s service area.
He added that the monthly payment for the two new trucks will be about the same as the lease for the aerial truck which will be returned.
The mini-pumper is housed in Station 1 in downtown Whitehall, and the ladder truck will be housed at Station 2 on Duck Lake Road.
The mini-pumper has a 300-gallon water tank and a 10-gallon foam tank. It can pump 300 gallons per minute.
It will also carry medical equipment and extrication equipment for car accident responses, and rope and gumby suit for water rescues.
The new truck will be operated by on-staff firefighters.
Holman said the new trucks will give the department more versatility.