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Eugene Springfield Fire personnel fired up for their new engines

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One of two new engines from Pierce extends its 107' ladder as part of a demonstration today for assembled personnel and media.
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Eugene Springfield Deputy Chief of Operations, Scott Bishop.

Eugene Springfield Fire has two new, state-of-the-art engines that’ll be put into action by month’s end.

The new engines will serve Fire Stations 6 and 11. Costing $2. 3 million, both were designed in consultation with the fire department, the City of Eugene’s fleet service, and manufacturer, Pierce.

Eugene Springfield Fire’s Deputy Chief of Operations, Scott Bishop, told KLCC that their design is meant to help reduce the likelihood of injuries.

”A lot of emergency incidents occur after dark with little or no lighting,” explained Bishop. “That’s one of the places that firefighters get into a very dangerous scenario, because you simply can’t see downed power lines, sagging roofs, trying to read and interpret building construction when the building is compromised by fire or structural damage.”

Bishop says the amount of illumination produced by these new vehicles are “second to none.”

The engines also have lightweight, high-strength steel ladders that can extend 107 feet.

“What most people think of when they think of length, or height, or reach of an aerial apparatus, is how tall it can go,” said Bishop. “I would stress that it’s also important how far out horizontally they could go. Setbacks of buildings, soft ground, obstructions such as other buildings in front or vehicles, impact where we’re able to position our apparatus, the chassis, on an emergency scene.

“So, by having longer horizontal reach it allows us to reach from a further distance, so that is equally important.”

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Tim Rodgers of Pierce Manufacturing, explains the features of the new engine and its aerial apparatus (extendable ladder) to the crews with Eugene Springfield Fire who'll be using them.

The new engines will replace two others at Eugene Springfield Fire that have been in use since 2006. Bishop expects them to be in service for 15 to 20 years.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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