Warren fire station adds new ambulance, fire engine

Warren County Fire Station 6 in Shenandoah Farms has added a new fire engine and ambulance to its fleet, and according to volunteer firefighter Lt. Tony Maiatico, it will improve the station’s efficiency.

The 2016 Ford F450 4 x 4 Horton Advanced Life Support ambulance was paid for in part with a $128,000 Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Service grant. Another $50,000 for the ambulance came from the Department of Fire and Rescue’s capital improvement program. The remaining $19,500 required for the $197,500 vehicle was paid for by Station 6. Officials estimate the ambulance will serve Warren County for 15 years. The old ambulance will be used for the department’s Special Operations Response Unit.

The department also paid $410,000 for a 2015 Smeal Sirius. The new engine pumps 2,000 gallons of water per minute and can carry 750 gallons of water. It also has 1,000 feet of 4-inch supply hose and 1,000 feet of 3-inch supply hose. The new fire engine also has 800 feet of attack hose along with all the necessary ladders and equipment. The station’s other engine, which is 18 years old, will become a reserve engine for use by any Warren County fire station in the event of problems with primary engines.

“It makes it [Station 6] more efficient and effective in the area,” said Maiatico. “The apparatus is a lot smaller. It’s easier to get through the mountain areas. It has a tighter turning radius and makes it easier to get on tight roads. It’s got more engine power than the last one.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com