On Monday, the Ardmore Fire Department welcomed an exciting addition to the team, a new fire truck. Ardmore Fire Chief Cary Williamson said the vehicle actually arrived ahead of schedule. However, the early arrival was not a moment too soon.
“Our last new truck purchase was in 2009,” Williamson said. “This new truck is actually replacing a 1995 model, so it definitely needed replaced.”
In addition to being a much need replacement to the 23 year old model previously in use, the new fire truck features several safety features in the form of cameras, both backup and blind side.
“When the driver turns on the blinker to turn right, the blind side camera on the right side comes on so we can see if anyone is coming up on the sides,” Williamson said. “So there are a lot of really great benefits to those features.”
Other than the additional safety features, the truck itself is quite similar in operation to the model the AFD purchased in 2009.
“It has a lot of the same operation so the guys don’t have a big learning curve when it comes to being able to put this truck into service,” Williamson said.
In addition to the new truck, the AFD is also looking forward to moving into the new Fire Station No. 3 on Veterans Blvd. which is scheduled to be completed by September 17.
“They are estimating that the building is at about 73% complete. It’s looking great,” Williamson said. “It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that we were saying we need a new station and what can we do to get one. And here we are now with it almost complete.”
Once the building is finished, the AFD will spend a couple weeks moving in their equipment. Williamson said it’s his goal to be operating out of the new facility by October 1.
“It’s a really exciting time for us right now,” Williamson said.