John Strate
The Salt Lake City Fire Department's new engine, which was put into service the week leading up to Christmas, features a 1,500-gallon-per minute pump and a 500-gallon water tank. In addition, it carries approximately 1,000 feet of supply hose and 1,750 feet of attack hose. It is a paramedic engine and has compartment space for firefighting and medical equipment.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Fire Department this week put into service a new pumper truck at Station No. 2, located at 270 W. 300 North.

Engine 2, a 2017 Pierce Arrow XT, will primarily serve the downtown, Marmalade, Capitol Hill and Rio Grande areas.

The custom-built engine features a 1,500-gallon-per minute pump and a 500-gallon water tank. In addition, it carries approximately 1,000 feet of supply hose and 1,750 feet of attack hose. It is a paramedic engine and has compartment space for firefighting and medical equipment.

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The engine was recently deployed to California to assist with the recent wildfires, and when it returned, it was serviced to ensure it was in better-than-ever working condition before officially going into service locally.

The engine also carries a “tradition bell” with a custom-designed beehive representing the Beehive State.

In the past two years, Salt Lake City Fire Department has purchased four new vehicles — two ladder trucks, an engine and a hazmat vehicle. The department plans to buy four more pumpers and one more ladder truck in 2018.