That's right, it's a firetruck. Lincoln Rural Fire Department has a
new one that is getting lavished with care this week. The New
York-made Saulsbury pumper and rescue vehicle arrived on Wednesday
morning, and by Wednesday afternoon nearly every member of the team
had had their hands on it, according to Chief Dean Kukuck.
The firemen turned out in full force to start the hands-on
cleaning and get-acquainted process moment the truck arrived. The
rescue-pumper vehicle isn't brand-new; it is about 11 years old. It
was transported here from California.
The new truck has a greater pump capacity than the primary truck
and has seven hose leads that can be controlled for either pounds
per square inch or revolutions per minute. It is thought to be the
largest pump in the county, capable of 2,000 gallons per minute.
The truck can haul 500-gallons water. Their
other truck that will remain as their primary vehicle has a
The truck will be equipped with accident extrication equipment
and will thereby serve as the department's second primary vehicle,
Kukuck said. It also offers seating for four to six passengers in
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The department just received confirmation from U.S. Rep. Ray
LaHood on Friday that they are the recipient of a federal Homeland
Security grant for $17,914 to purchase emergency extraction
equipment. The new equipment will go on this truck. [Related
The truck is a little longer and wider than any other vehicle in
the department, and the extension in front of the front wheels is
different than on the primary pumper truck. Firemen will be taking
turns getting it out on the road for an hour to get acquainted with
its different dimensions, Kukuck said.
The funds used to purchase the truck were gifted to the
department through an estate, with specific instruction for
"rescue-oriented" use. The department was happy that a local man
(his name was withheld) that they helped a few years ago had thought
to remember them with the gift, Kukuck said.