Together, Let’s Follow our Community Fire Engine Build--- One Photoshoot at a Time!
The City of Ashland Fire and Rescue Department has ordered a new fire engine and production of the engine is underway in Bradenton, Florida at a Hughes Fire Equipment facility. Construction of the Pierce Fire Engine began on January 28, 2023.
Ashland City Council ordered the engine last year in an effort to head off maintenance and supply chain concerns. Fire engines are typically replaced every 20 years. This means for the Ashland Fire and Rescue Department to stay on task and keep their fleet of engines current, a fire engine needs to be ordered every five (5) years. Doing so also meets the national performance standards for fire engines.
The project is set to be complete in mid-April 2023, with the engine going into service later in the summer months. “We will host a dedication ceremony at Fire Station One when the engine is ready to go into service and invite the community, Council and staff to attend,” stated Ashland Fire and Rescue Chief, Ralph Sartain.
Go on this journey with the City of Ashland and watch as the build progresses. The City will post pictures regularly over the next couple of months as the steel and vehicle components slowly become a fire engine for the citizens of Ashland. Regular Updates from Hughes Fire Equipment:
January 28, 2023: “Your new Pierce apparatus is now in production at the Bradenton Florida facility. This week the body began fabrication. Next week the body should continue with fabrication.” February 4, 2023: “This week the cab began fabrication, and the pump house structure was joined with the fire pump. The body continued with fabrication. Next week the cab should finish with fabrication and the pump house may begin the paint process. The body should finish with fabrication.” February 11, 2023: “This week the cab and body began the paint process. Painting will continue into the next week.” February 18, 2023: "This week the cab continued the paint process,and the pump house began the paint process.
The body finished with paint .Next week the cab and pump house should finish with paint and the body may begin to receive trim and wiring harnesses." February 25, 2023: "This week the cab finished the paint process, and the pump house was unavailable for photos. The body began to receive trim and wiring harnesses. Next week the cab should begin to receive trim and wiring harnesses and the body should be in staging." March 4, 2023: "This week the cab was mounted to the chassis and the pump house was in staging. The body began to receive trim and wiring harnesses. Next week the pump house and body should be mounted." March 11, 2023: "This week your new Pierce Pumper began final assembly after the pump house and body were mounted. Next week your truck should continue with final assembly and installation of option content. March 20, 2023: "This week your Engine will be traveling to Bradenton Florida for final inspection and apparatus acceptance testing the week of April 16."
"We are better together!" Enjoy the pictures below!
Released February 6, 2023
Updated: February 16, 2023, March 7, 2023, March 21