The City of Mobile, Ala., Fire and Rescue Department has taken delivery of five Pierce Enforcer pumpers and an Ascendant 107-foot aerial ladder. These are the first Pierce apparatus to be put into service for the department, according to a release from Pierce.
“As our fleet began to age, we understood the critical need to put apparatus into service that could run everywhere from compact downtown areas, protected ports, and rural West Mobile,” said Fire Chief Mark Sealy. “The most remarkable element of designing our trucks from the ground up was the quality incorporated into every feature from the hinges and doors, to the user-friendly design that addressed all of our department’s needs.”
With a number of fire stations built in the early 1900s and serving a community at heightened risk for tropical storms, the City of Mobile Fire and Rescue Department customized the engines to be compact apparatus with a short wheelbase, allowing for greater maneuverability to fit into tight stations without sacrificing performance. Other features include high-visibility scene lighting, TAK-4 Independent Front Suspension, 500-gallon water tank, and an Waterous 2000 gpm pump.
The City of Mobile Fire and Rescue Department covers 210 square miles and serves 244,376 citizens from 20 fire stations. As the largest municipality on the Gulf Coast, the city features urban and rural neighborhoods, mid- to high-rise office buildings, and two airports.