Mayor Reed Joins AFRD To Highlight New Apparatus

8/12/2013, 12:41 p.m.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed will join Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department personnel at 10 am, Tuesday, August 13, in the Turner Field Green Lot to spotlight the $10 million worth of apparatus the Department has acquired with the administration’s support. The apparatus includes nine new engines, three ladder trucks and three battalion command vehicles. The engines feature KME Severe Service cab and chassis; a 1,500-gallon-per-minute fire pump; a 500-gallon water tank and 60-gallon foam tank; and a 450 HP engine with Allison automatic transmission. They will be housed at Stations 1, 6, 16, 17, 28, 24, 32, 35 and 40.

The ladder trucks feature a KME Severe Service cab and chassis; 101-foot aerial ladder; 223 feet of ground ladders; and a 500 HP engine with Allison automatic transmission. They will be housed at Stations 1, 14 and 16.

The battalion command vehicles are Ford F250 models with command modules. They are going to Division 1, Battalion 4 and Battalion 6.

Battalion command vehicles are on order for Battalions 3 and 5, and a foam pumper-tender engine with a 3,000-gallon-per-minute capacity and a 2,000-gallon foam tank is on order for Station 28.

The Department also has purchased a Rapid Deployment Craft and a 16-foot inflatable rescue craft for the Special Operations Unit.

Aside from the purchases, the Department also has used Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grants to purchase a Medical Ambulance Bus, which can accommodate 16 patients in a mass casualty incident, and a decontamination unit.

“We are thrilled to be able to showcase the support Atlanta Fire Rescue has gotten from the Reed Administration in such a tangible way,” said Chief Cochran. “With the construction of four new fire stations, the hiring of more than 300 firefighters over the last three years and the purchases of this new equipment, we are well on our way to becoming the Best-in-Class fire rescue department that Atlantans need and deserve.”