Monroe Fire Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 1988 Mack/Saulsbury rescue truck that will serve as a specialized multi-purpose rescue apparatus. The apparatus, designated Rescue 25, will replace the existing water rescue boat support unit. Rescue 25 will continue to operate as a water rescue unit while providing several new capabilities and operational benefits. Rescue 25 will be equipped to handle a wide range of rescue and fire emergencies such as water rescue events, rapid intervention team (RIT) assignments, motor vehicle collisions and medical emergency calls.
Several economic factors have decreased the feasibility of purchasing new fire apparatus in the near future. An exponential increase in cost and lengthy production timeframes have been reported by fire apparatus manufacturers nationwide. The existing water rescue boat support unit that was purchased with fundraising revenue has been listed for sale with a used fire apparatus dealer. The proceeds from the sale of that unit will be allocated for the purchase of Rescue 25 as well as some minor updates to Engine 125.
Based upon recent incident data, it is expected the addition of Rescue 25 will result in a 10-20% reduction in call volume responses for both Engine 125 and Engine 225. In addition, the replacement plan for Engine 125 is anticipated to be extended beyond the recommended fifteen (15) year service life.
Rescue 25 was placed in-service in Fall 2022.