ANDERSON, Ind. — The Anderson Fire Department is expanding Station 8 on 53rd Street to house a pump truck at the facility.
The Anderson Board of Public Safety has approved the construction of a new bay at the station. The construction will cost an estimated $175,000 with the work expected to be completed this summer. The department is in the process of starting the bid process for the work.
Philip Rogers, fire chief, said the pump truck being relocated to Station 8 is a backup truck.
Rogers said the pump truck will be better suited to respond to medical emergency calls with the ambulance, instead of the ladder truck presently located at Station 8.
“Most of the runs at Station 8 are medical,” Rogers said. “Ninety-five percent of the runs are medical emergency at the station.”
He said the same crew will operate the pumper truck as currently mans the ladder truck.
Rogers said using the $1.2 million aerial ladder truck on emergency medical service runs is placing unnecessary wear and tear on the truck.
The new bay will allow the pumper truck to be housed inside so that additional wear doesn’t result from the weather.
Money for the construction was included in the department’s 2014 budget, he said.
The Fire Department checked with the city controller’s office concerning the available funding before getting Safety Board approval. The funds are coming from the Fire Department’s building and equipment account.
“It’s important to keep our equipment in top condition,” Rogers said in a news release. “We want our crews and the community to have access to the best resources available.”