Engine 3 Expected to be in Service in November
Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) The Marshfield Fire & Rescue Department will soon have a new fire engine in its service.
After receiving a final inspection Friday at Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, the new Engine 3, a Pierce Impel PUC (Pierce Ultimate Configuration), arrived in Marshfield and is expected to be in service by mid-to-late November.
“It is a state-of-the-art engine that will serve the City of Marshfield for the next 20-plus years,” said Scott Owen, Fire Chief. “This engine was designed with the future in mind. It is the most technologically advanced engine the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department has.”
The E3 includes a four person cab with seats for the driver, officer, and two firefighters.
“One of the features of this engine is the ability to easily access the fire pump by lifting the cab to perform maintenance and repairs,” said Owen. “One of the safety features we included on this engine is called TAK-4 Independent Suspension system, which is a custom-built suspension system for Pierce chassis. The independent suspension allows each wheel on the same axle to move vertically and react independently of the others.”
The system means better ride quality, control, maneuverability, steering, braking, and load carrying capacity.
The new engine replaces the old Engine 3, which dates to the mid-1980s. Although it served Marshfield well, repair costs have steadily increased, and the engine failed its required annual pump test last year.
“Another issue with the old engine was the safety features on it — there were very few,” Owen said. “As engines age, it becomes more and more costly to maintain them and make repairs.”
Before putting the new engine into service, the department will conduct training and outfit it with all the necessary tools and equipment and program the radio.
More information on the PUC can be found on the Pierce Manufacturing website.