Officers and members of the Laurel Fire Department along with Brian Bashista from Atlantic Emergency Solutions traveled to Pierce Mfg. in Appleton, WI for the inspection of our new Engine. The Engine was thoroughly inspected going through the build specification that was designed by the Department. The Engine will be brought to Atlantic Emergency Solutions in Middletown, DE where the Engine will have a complete PMI inspection and then delivered to Laurel later in the week. We look forward to placing the unit into service in May 2013. The Engine is a 2013 Pierce Arrow XT with 750 gallons of water and Class “A” and “B” foam systems. The unit features a 1500 GPM pump and sports a FDNY Style low hose bed to allow firefighters to deploy attack lines without climbing on the apparatus. The front bumper was also designed to allow firefighters to quikly deploy our “Kentland style” hose packs that we have had in service since 2001. The Engine will carry 5” and 3” supply lines along with a 2-1/2” blitz line off the rear. Engine 81-4 replaces a 1994 Pierce Saber Engine that served as our front-line Engine until 1996 in town and has been running as the primary Engine in our Sycamore substation. Our old Engine 4 has been sold to New Church, VA Fire Department.