Shreveport Fire Department reveals new engines
SFD receives three new firetrucks that they plan to unveil to the public on July 6, 2021
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Chief Scott Wolverton of the Shreveport Fire Department announced the department received three new fire engines on Monday, July 5. On Tuesday, the fire department unveiled those engines at the Central Fire Station.
“The truck is designed to protect our firefighters by removing all of our carcinogenic-causing agents, materials from a house fire outside the cab,” explained Chief of Special Operations and Safety Charles “Skip” Pinkston.
According to Pinkston, the new engines are equipped with:
- Active-air purification systems, including ozone and UV lighting in the cab to “help battle 99.9% of the viruses that we’re facing as we respond,”
- 360° camera systems, including the interior of the cab
- Enhanced lighting for “better lighting on scenes”
Also, the trucks are expected to help reduce response times to calls, an issue identified in this internal audit report. A large part of that is having enough operating trucks in each fire station.
“We’re looking at, making sure there’s a fire truck in each one of those fire stations,” said assistant to the chief Clarence Reese, Jr. “We won’t have an issue with not having a truck at that station. Anytime they’re in their first-hand district, it reduces their response times.”
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins said some trucks are older than him.
“Just keep that in mind. You do not want that fire truck responding to your home,” he said.
The vehicles are being assigned to three separate stations. Engine 8 will be assigned to Queensborough, Engine 9 to Cedar Grove, and Engine 17 to Southern Hills.
The unveiling of these new trucks marks the first of eight events as part of the #SaferShreveport campaign.
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