According to Hank Hayes and Roger Frisbie, the new vehicle is an equipment truck with the capability to haul 10 people in the back and two in front, with everybody belted in safely and all of the rescue equipment contained in one rig.
The van is a 2009 International Max Force 9 and has an impressive 330 horsepower engine. With time essential in all emergencies, this will save a tremendous amount of time. Plus the new van will also save time by condensing everything into one truck, and the firefighters riding in it would be safe while traveling.
The previous rescue van is a 1985 GMC that has been converted over the years to meet the needs of the department but was getting out dated. That vehicle hauled equipment and personnel but not all the equipment was hauled in the same vehicles.
All the rescue equipment is currently inside the new van outside of the vehicle in the side compartments and the firefighters will have quick and easy access to the equipment.
The new van is equipped with seatbelts, which is required by all departments by 2009.
Earlier this year is was estimated that it would take 210 days for manufacturing and delivering the new truck but according to Frisbie they got lucky and the company that built the van (Maintainer custom Bodies Inc. of Rock Rapids) had an opening and was able to complete the van sooner than expected.
Hayes and Frisbie invite anyone to come down to the fire station to see the new van for themselves.