Plaquemine Fire Dept. gets two new trucks

Shown with the Plaquemine Fire Department’s two new pumper trucks are city officials, from left, Selectmen Ralph Stassi, Jr., Oscar Mellion, Mayor Mark “Tony” Gulotta, and Selectmen Timmy Martinez, Mickey Rivet and Jimmie Randle, Jr. Not shown is Selectman Lin Rivet, Jr.

The Plaquemine Fire Department now has two new pumper trucks with many state-of-the-art features which will help firefighters fight fires and also help keep city residents’ property insurance rating low.

The two HME Intruder custom trucks cost $300,000 each and were built by Ferrara Fire in Holden, La. The new trucks can pump 1,750 to 3,000 gallons of water per minute, as compared to the older trucks that pump 1,000 to 1,200 gallons per minute.

They also store more hose, have LED lights that show firefighters the water levels, have bigger storage compartments and roll out trays to make equipment more accessible, are more economical to operate and release lower emissions than the city’s other units. In addition they help with firefighters response time because the air brake system on these units becomes operational faster.

“These trucks will help the city maintain its 3 fire rating, which is a very good rating,” noted Fire Chief Mackey Guillot. “Plaquemine is the smallest department in the state to get a 3 rating!” The fire rating, determined by an independent agency, is from 1 to 10. That rating, in part, determines property insurance rates