Sulphur Springs Fire Department will soon put into service about $25,000 worth of rescue equipment, obtained from TNT Advanced Rescue Systems in Caddo Mills at a discounted rate of about $14,000 total.
The department had been in line to receive a grant, but when that didn’t come through, firemen talked to city officials about purchasing new tools. TNT in Caddo Mills offered to sell them a demo set of tools — complete with cutters, spreaders, pump and two rams — at a discounted rate of roughly $14,000, SSFD Chief Eric Hill said Monday evening. According to industry estimates the department had recently received, that equipment would normally cost about $24,000 or $25,000.
“This is truly a good deal,” Hill noted. “It’s going to be about $10,000 less and TNT has a lifetime warranty and maintenance. This will give us two good sets with a good back up.”
This should allow the department to completely retire a 30-35-year-old rescue tool, which a few years ago had to be rebuilt and re-certified. The department was also fortunate in July 2007 to have a $20,000 set of tools donated by Sulphur Springs Police Department from the police forfeiture fund, as the law allows those funds to be utilized for public safety purposes. They also have a set of rescue equipment that’s about 15 years old.
Currently, tools are located on Engine 1 and Engine 2. The new tools will go to Engine 1. That leaves tools for Engine 2 and the oldest set will go to Engine 3 as a backup.
“The newer tools have a quicker response, as much cutting pounds and is lighter weight,” Hill said.
When TNT representative David Monroe delivered the new tools Monday evening, firemen brought out the older cutting tool and placed it beside the new cutting tools to effectively illustrate the difference in the two units. The new TNT cutting tool is half the weight of the old one; the old Hurst cutting tool weighs about 75 pounds, the new 45 pounds, making it a little more manageable, especially in small or tight quarters.
Monroe also scheduled three consecutive days, one for each of the department’s shifts, to return so that all SSFD firemen are trained on use of the new tool. Hill said as soon as A, B and C shifts complete the training, the new tools will be put on the truck and into service.
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