Springfield Firefighters Holding Open House
Photo: Image by City of Springfield
From An Edited Press Release
After months of anticipation, the City of Springfield Fire Department's four new red fire engines have hit the streets. To celebrate, the Department is hosting the last of four open houses at Fire Station number four at 2423 North Delaware on Friday from 6:30 until 8pm.
The engines each took a year to build and cost roughly $400,000 a piece. The funding source for these four new fire engines was the City's Level Property Tax revenues. These limited funds are used to fund municipal facilities and equipment, including public safety capital such as fire stations, fire engines, fire trucks, and police cars. This purchase is considered a one-time allocation of these funds. The City has no identified lifecycle funding source for fire engines or fire trucks.
In addition to donning the much-anticipated red, the new engines will also have additional features to aid in fighting fires. Each engine is equipped with a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) that is four times more effective at extinguishing a fire than standard water nozzles. The engines also have green star technology to decrease emissions.