JCFD gets new firetruck

Several JCFD members pose with the newly-commissioned Engine 53, an Oshkosh/Pierce pump and roll truck that can carry four firefighters and 750 gallons of water. Those excited to use the $800,000 vehicle include (left to right) Firefighter Kris Farmer, Master Firefighter Aaron Lee, Sr. Firefighter Brad Spoone, Firefighter Caleb Tuell, Lt. Eric Fortner and Lt. Lee Rayburn. – MARK BROWN | THE STANDARD BANNER

Jefferson City firefighters are thrilled to have officially commissioned Engine 53, their new pumper truck, with a rolling-in ceremony Monday evening. The vessel can carry four firefighters and 750 gallons of water.

JCFD Chief Lee Turner said the massive “pump and roll” truck, which can spray water while moving, is a benefit of the partnership with Oshkosh Corporation’s location of a new facility in Jefferson City and is the department’s literal next-door neighbor. Trucks for U.S. delivery are branded Pierce and those for international markets receive the Oshkosh logo, but the new JCFD shares a special status with a sister department up north.

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