Rescue 1, second to none
Warrenton Chief Sam Myers, left, stands with Capt. Rodney Woodward in front of Rescue 1, the town fire department's new rescue truck. - Times Staff Photo/Mark Grandstaff
Warrenton's new rescue truck had been in service for all of five minutes before its first call.
On Sept. 1, Rescue 1, Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company's newest addition to its fleet, drove out to Orlean to help free a farmer from a hay baler, said Capt. Rodney Woodward.
Rescue 1, clad in crimson and white, replaces the old, green rescue truck Warrenton firefighters got when they merged with the rescue squad in 2006.
It bears the number “343,” as does almost every other truck in Warrenton's fire hall: the number of firefighters killed in the response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Rescue 1 the pride of the fleet, said Warrenton Chief Sam Myers. It will roll on Fauquier roads for the next 15 years.
It did not come cheap.
Fully equipped, Rescue 1 cost the fire company $750,000, paid for with a mix of town and county funds, donations and private fundraisers, Myers said.
“That's more than what most people pay for their house,” he said.
Three quarters of a million dollars got the fire company a larger, safer vehicle. Side air bags will absorb the impact if the truck rolls on its side. It has three winch and tow cable sets, where the old truck had one.
Its hydraulic rig can put out 10,000 pounds per square inch of pressure, twice as strong as the old truck.
Warrenton's fire company is the busiest in Fauquier County: last year, they answered 1,266 fire and rescue calls and 558 medical calls.
Over the years, they've seen more accidents involving tractor-trailers and larger trucks, Myers said. They've seen the designs and materials used in vehicles change over the years, which changes how those vehicles must be towed or pulled apart to free people trapped inside.
To that end, Warrenton firefighters chose a design for Rescue 1 tailored to their changing mission. The new truck can deploy low-pressure, pneumatic lifting bags large and strong enough to move tractor-trailers or school buses.
For the full story, check out Friday's edition of the Fauquier Times.
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