One of Mississippi’s oldest fire departments has new technology.
On Monday morning, Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk and members of the Vicksburg Fire Department officially installed two new pumpers in the department’s fleet.
“The Vicksburg Fire Department is one of the oldest departments in the state, dating back to April 13, 1873,” Danczyk said. “These times have changed, but the mission of service has not. We have worked diligently to improve our fire, EMS and rescue services at the Vicksburg Fire Department.
“Adding Engines 7 and 8 to our fleet is another example of our commitment to public safety in Vicksburg, Mississippi,” he said. “A lot of thought and discussion went into the design of the trucks, starting with talking to firefighters and asking them what features they would like to see.”
Danczyk said the E-1 Typhoon fire engines were ordered by the department in 2021 from Sunbelt Fire Apparatus of Fairhope, Ala. They were delivered in July, representing an investment of $1.1 million for the city.
Mayor George Flaggs Jr. called the brief truck unveiling ceremony a celebration.
“Anytime you can advance in technology and in service to the city, it’s a celebration,” he said. “The chief and others tell me they’re the best and the first in technology, so any time you can invest in technology and at the same time provide a service at a low cost to the taxpayer, I think that’s phenomenal.”
Addressing firefighters at the ceremony, Flaggs said: “The service you provide to us, I want you to know, does not go unnoticed. We want to thank you and your families for the sacrifices you make for us.
The trucks will replace two older pumpers in the fleet, one purchased in 1993 and the other in 2000. The 1993 truck, which was damaged in the 2021 ice storm, will be retired. Truck 2000 will be used as a reserve truck. Engine 7 will be parked at Station 7 on Washington Street. Engine 8 will be at Halls Ferry Park Station 8.
Both diesel engine pumps have 1,500 gallon per minute pumps, with 1,000 gallon water tanks.
“I’m very excited about the water capacity of these trucks,” Danczyk said. “It’s 33% bigger than anything in the fleet. Each pumper in the fleet has a 750 gallon tank. When these trucks arrive first you will have more water to do the job or if you back up another truck you bring more water to the scene. It’s amazing.
The trucks also each have 65 gallon diesel tanks and storage space for 10 spare air cylinders. Of air cylinder storage, Danczyk said, “It’s a big deal. We’ve done a really good job of arranging the equipment storage to give us more tools to have on site.
Each truck has 400 feet of hose in a bumper storage box, backup camera and bumper storage for 400 feet of hose and front and rear side LED lights and traffic aids for help warn traffic when working on the streets.