The Mason Volunteer Fire Department received it’s newest fire apparatus on Wednesday December 18. A 2014 F-550 4-door 4x4 chassis with a rescue bed was built by AG-MEIER Fire Equipment in Belton. The truck will be titled and insured by the City of Mason with an annual co-payment from Mason County. The unit went into service the day it arrived and responded to it’s first call to a vehicle accident early Saturday morning December 21.
The new unit will allow the larger 4-door engine that was being on rescue calls to be able to respond to more fire calls. The MVFD is applying for grant funds to purchase the pump unit to be installed on the back. A new Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) unit that can pump water or water/foam solution or foam is ready to be ordered as soon as the funds are available. Until it arrives, a tank/pump skid unit will be removed from an older truck and placed on new “RESCUE 46”. Additional hand tools are being ordered to complete the truck.
Getting this new unit was one of the goals of Fire Chief Charles Grosse. “This will be a great asset to the department and the community. The new advances on the use of foam on fires has proven that fire suppression is faster and with the air/foam injection into the attack lines, the 300 gallons of water it will carry can produce 3000 gallons of fire fighting foam.”
The MVFD would like to thank the City of Mason and Mason County for purchasing this fire/rescue unit.