Adding to their arsenal
GATLINBURG — The Gatlinburg Fire Department has taken delivery of a new apparatus that enhances the firefighting and rescue capabilities of the department and helps maintain the community’s Superior fire safety rating.
The 2012 Viper Quint is a 78-foot multi-purpose truck constructed on a Spartan chassis. It was manufactured in South Dakota by Rosenbauer, the largest manufacturer of fire apparatus in the United States.
“Rosenbauer was very excited to place a new Quint in Gatlinburg, due to the face time one of their vehicles will receive in a tourist town that sees more than 10 million visitors annually,” said Fire Chief Greg Miller. “Many of those visitors to Gatlinburg choose to stop by one of our three stations to take a tour of the facility and to see the vehicles and equipment.”
A quint is a quintuple combination fire service apparatus that serves the dual purpose of an engine and a ladder truck. The name is derived from the Latin prefix meaning five, and refers to the five functions that a quint provides: pump, water tank, fire hose, turntable-ladder aerial device and ground ladder.
Features include a 450 horsepower diesel engine, a 400-gallon tank, a pumper capable of delivering 1,500 gallons or water per minute, and a nozzle at the end of the 78-foot ladder capable of spraying water an additional 78 feet.
Although a quint does require more staffing, the fact that it is a combination of ladder truck and engine allows the department to carry out operations more efficiently, Miller said.
A Quint fire apparatus prevents the department from duplicating fire engines and aerial devices in each response area, thus providing a savings over buying separate engines and aerial devices. The aerial portion (ladder) allows for quick rescue from multi-story buildings and has a waterway for elevated fire suppression.
“It is because of the dedication of the city manager (Cindy Ogle) and Board of Commissioners that our fire department is ready and prepared to protect our community,” said Miller.
Gatlinburg has an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 3 rating.