HELENA – The 2018 Rosenbauer can carry 2,000 gallons of water and pump at a rate of 1,250 gallons per minute.
The new vehicle replaces a 30 year old tender that staff say was essential a semi-truck that only a few people in the department could operate.
West Valley Assistant Fire Chief Dave Quick said the new Tender/Pumper is pretty state of the art with both a booster line off the back and a high pressure monitor on the front.
Quick added the front monitor can be controlled remotely from the cab of the vehicle, which is great for getting water on fires as soon as possible.
“On a wildland fire or initial attack on house fire you could pull up and hit it almost instantly as soon as you get there with the monitor,” said Quick.
West Valley Fire will be donating their old vehicle to the the volunteer fire department in Denton, MT who say they are excited and thankful to get the truck.
West Valley Volunteer Fire Department has added a brand new vehicle to their fleet this month which crews say will greatly help firefighting efforts.