Tanker truck arrives at Fire Protection District 11 station

St. Mary Parish Fire Protection District 11 has taken delivery of its newest service tanker truck.

The district which covers Sorrell, Four Corners, Glencoe, Websterville and Louisa areas, received the vehicle from Ferrara Fire Apparatus of Holden, La, on July 31. It will replace two units that are more than 20 years old.

Designated Service No. 1, it is the first-out service tanker for Fire District 11 and will run all of its fire, and haz-mat calls in the district.

Chief Clarence Clark said the new service/tanker was built with the utmost detail to safety and usability that is available to the fire service. It carries six self- contained breathing apparatuses, ladders, pike poles, axes, a 10kw Honda generator, and has a 10-inch rear dump for fast dumping during water hauling operation.

Deputy Chief Bourque said powering all of this is a 330-hoursepower 2013 Freightliner diesel engine with a Waterous 500-gallon per min PTO Pump, almost all of its lighting is LED, a 2,000 gallon poly water tank, a 3,500-gallon water drop tank, three discharges, and one crosslay, and once again bringing back an old tradition it features a “Federal Q” mechanical siren.

Chief Clark invites anyone that is interested in learning more about the fire department to stop by Station 1 at 1205 Big Four Corners Road in Four Corners. He also reminds the public that the Fire Board of Commissioners meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the central station.

“The district is always looking for volunteer firefighters, support personnel and junior firefighters ages 14-17, providing free training, and leadership skills,” Clark said. You can call (337) 276-6650, or email firechief421@yahoo.com or visit the website www.stmaryfiredistrict11.com for more information.

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