The Fairfield Glade Fire Department's fundraising campaign finally paid off with the purchase of a new engine. The new truck was discovered through networking with the help of Bruce Jodarski, Fairfield Glade resident and owner of Best Used Trucks of Tennessee on Peavine Road.
The truck was being refurbished by 5 Alarm Fire Apparatus in Houma, LA, which is southwest of New Orleans. Fire department officials contacted the owner of 5 Alarm to get information before opting to send the truck acquisition team down to inspect it. Upon finding it more than suitable, both looking and functioning like a brand new truck, they decided to consummate the deal.
The original truck was a 2004 Ferrara pumper that had been in a wreck. The cab and chassis had been badly damaged, but the back half of the truck was not damaged at all. The refurbishing company acquired a brand new 2010 International chassis that had never been on the road and moved the body, pump and tank from the wrecked chassis to the new one to make a new fire engine.
Since the Fairfield Glade Fire Department is titling the vehicle for the first time, it will have a full factory warranty from International, starting as of last week. This is just like buying a "real" new truck, even though the model year on the title says 2010. Officials originally thought the department would be able to raise enough money to purchase a 10 –15 year old fire engine when starting the "Is #5 Alive?" campaign last year. However, thanks to the support of people from all over who helped raise more money than originally estimated, Fairfield Glade now has a like-new engine that should last until 2050, perhaps longer.