BEAUFORT, S.C. (May 2, 2023) – The Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department has just added a new pumper truck to its fleet of firetrucks. The Pierce Custom Enforcer PUC Pumper features a 1,500-gallons-per-minute pump and a 1,000-gallon water tank. It is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including Holmatro rescue tools for extrication, a Stryker LIFEPAK 15 cardiac monitor, and all the hoses, nozzles, and tools needed for firefighting.
“I am proud to see our fleet improve, allowing us to better serve our community,” said Fire Chief Tim Ogden. “The managers and councils in both Beaufort and Port Royal have been very supportive of our needs, and they definitely put a high priority on public safety.”
This truck will replace a 2011 Pierce Pumper that will move to reserve status. The Fire Department has a fleet replacement schedule in which a truck serves 10 years of front-line service and another 10 years in reserve status. The next truck due for replacement will be the department’s ladder truck, which the department is developing specifications for now.
The pumper truck cost $948,928, which includes all the equipment and an extended warranty. The funds came from the City of Beaufort’s fire impact fees.
The new truck will go into service on Wednesday, May 3, after a traditional wet-down ceremony at the main Fire Station, 135 Ribaut Road, where it will have its permanent home.