Pawtucket Fire Department brings three new vehicles online

Pawtucket Fire Department brings three new vehicles online

PAWTUCKET - Two new rescue trucks are going on the road this week, joining the new Engine 2 as part of a trio of new vehicles meant to improve service in the city.

They will be the first city rescues to feature a state-of-the-art EMS computer system allowing crews to file online reports upon completion of their patient care runs, allowing for faster filing, and making paper reports a thing of the past. The rescues join the new Engine 2, which went into service last month.

"These rescues are not arriving a moment too soon because the ones they're replacing have been needing more repairs due to the demanding use they get every day," said Fire Chief William Sisson. "They are a major upgrade that will allow our department to provide the best of emergency care and transport in the most secure fashion and we're pleased to welcome them aboard."

The new rescues are bigger and heavier than the ones they are replacing, with improved safety features including crash protection air bags in the patient compartment as well as up front. They also feature automatic tire chains for snow and ice traction and an air ride system.

The two rescues were priced equally for a total cost of $403,171. Sisson said the department in 2012 performed 11,191 total EMS runs within Pawtucket and another 536 on mutual aid.

"Our city still has financial challenges but we continue to make the commitment, within the financial resources we work hard to assemble, to reinvest in areas like our fire department that provide the public safety and other services our residents rely on," said Mayor Don Grebien.

The new rescues, each on a 2013 International Terrastar chassis with a Horton rescue body, are stenciled as "Rescue 1," assigned to the West Avenue fire station, and "Rescue 2," assigned to the Cottage Street fire station. Firefighters assigned to the rescues have Firefighter/EMT-Cardiac and Firefighter/Paramedic certification. They are trained in CPR for health care providers, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and other specialized skills.

Firefighters this month completed training on the new Engine 2, which carries a full complement of special operations equipment, including cutting torches, air-powered tools, various rescue saws and stabilizers for overturned vehicles. It will be the first engine of choice to respond to such major incidents, including on I-95, Thurber said.