New fire engine on its way to Strasburg

The Strasburg Fire Department will be responding to calls in a new state-of-the-art fire engine once its 2016 Pierce Arrow XT arrives in town. It’s at a dealer in Manassas, but according to Assistant Chief Dale King, fire department personnel will be picking it up sometime next week.

The new engine will be replacing Wagon 51, a 1985 Seagrave model that is in use now. That engine is void of important safety and technological options, King said.

“The biggest benefit is that it’s a lot more safe,” King said. “It has air bags and a lot of safety features that weren’t offered in 1985 and it’s more advanced as far as the technology. It’s got a lot of features that the old one didn’t have.”

The engine will be outfitted to respond to multiple types of calls and, once it arrives in Strasburg, will almost be ready for action.

“It’s going to be set up to respond to both vehicle accidents and house fires,” King said. “When we get it in we have to mount equipment and do some training on it. We’re hoping to have it in service within a month to six weeks.”

The total cost of the engine was $560,000, said King. Strasburg Fire Department made a $230,000 down payment for which the department budgeted, and the remainder is being financed over a 10-year period.

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