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Roswell Fire Department dedicates new truck

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A group of on- and off-duty firefighters and other people in attendance push the department’s new fire truck into a vehicle bay Wednesday at Fire Station 1 on Richardson Avenue. The “pushing in” was part of a dedication ceremony for the Roswell Fire Department’s “Fire Truck 1.”  (Alex Ross Photo)

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The Roswell Fire Department welcomed a new fire truck into its fleet Wednesday during a ceremony that honored the past and looked toward the future.

Firefighters both on- and off-duty, city officials and other people were on hand for the dedication of the new fire truck outside Station 1 on Richardson Avenue. Mayor Dennis Kintigh and City Councilors Judy Stubbs, Jacob Roebuck, Savino Sanchez, Barry Foster and Angela Moore were among the attendees.

Devin Graham, chief of the Roswell Fire Department, told the audience during the ceremony that the new 80,000-pound truck is a 2018 Rosenbauer model built in Lyon, South Dakota, and purchased for $1.1 million.

The new apparatus that will be known by the identifying handle as Truck 1, will replace a truck in the department’s fleet known as Ladder 1, which was purchased by the fire department in 2002. Truck 1 will be placed on reserve status.

Another truck known as Ladder 4 – parked outside the station’s vehicle bay with its ladder extended and a flag hanging from it throughout the ceremony, which has been with the department since 1994, will soon be retired and removed from the department’s fleet in the near future, Graham said.

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Graham, chief of the Roswell Fire Department, called the occasion “a special day.” He told the audience that it is not every day the department welcomes a new piece of equipment into service for the community.

“It’s for that reason that we are gathered here today,” he said.

Firefighters spend on average about a third of their lives away from their families in service to their communities. He added that he believes the city has an obligation to provide firefighters with the best protective equipment.

Graham, in his short speech, also recounted the lengthy process of acquiring the new truck, which he said was done with painstaking detail. He said that process began in April 2013, when as deputy chief he drafted an interdepartmental memo requesting volunteers to serve on a Ladder Truck Specification Committee.

The committee was tasked with collecting suggestions and input from firefighters in the department about what they wanted and needed on a new truck, as well as researching makes, models and manufacturers.

Graham said the process took years and through retirements and departures within the department, the makeup of the committee changed before culminating in the decision to purchase the truck from Rosenauer Manufacturing Company.

“Years of emails, factory visits, discussion and admittedly some cussing were endured,” he said.

The process also included enlarging the station’s apparatus base where the trucks are parked.

Graham said the city was able to pay cash for the latest addition to their fleet. Approximately $760,000 was from fire protection grant funds, $100,000 from a separate grant and the remaining $250,000 coming from the city’s public safety fund that was generated by a public safety tax, which had previously been in place.

Graham thanked the mayor and council for supporting and ultimately voting to support the purchase of the new apparatus when he went to the council with a proposal to spend those funds on the truck.

 The ceremony concluded with firefighters and others present manually pushing the new truck into a vehicle bay.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.