Valdosta Daily Times

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March 23, 2014

Lake Park Fire Department shows off new trucks, renovations

VALDOSTA — The Lake Park Fire Department held an open house Saturday to invite the public to view two new fire trucks and renovations made to the station house.

Fire Chief David Brown passed out hamburgers and hot dogs while visitors toured the newly renovation firehouse that features new floors, fresh paint and furniture donated from Moody Air Force Base.

“Most of the material and time to put this together was donated, and we really appreciated that,” said Brown.

In addition to the new look, the firehouse is now home to two new fire engines. The trucks were made available through SPLOST funds after the city council determined that the department needed new equipment. The station now houses a large pump engine truck and what is known as a mini-pumper vehicle, which is designed for quick response to isolated incidents like vehicle accidents.

“The mini-pumper is used for brush fires, and it also has rescue equipment like the jaws a life,” said Brown. “The big one is more for structure fires. Whenever there’s a call, these two will be the first

 ones out of the station.”

The larger truck also allows the fire department to increase their response time. The larger cabin allows firefighters to put on gear while on route to a call. It also allows for more equipment to be brought to the scene.

“We had a lot of equipment on the floor of the station house that we couldn’t fit on the truck. The new truck has room for all of that equipment and allows us to take it with us. So, we’ll have it at the scene instead of having to go back to the station if we need it.”

The larger engine will also has a wench and light towers, equipment Brown said the Lake Park has never had before. The vehicle will also serve as an on-site recovery room for firefighters and victims who need to cool down.

“Both of these trucks have air conditioning, and we haven’t had that before,” said Brown. “It’s already hot in south Georgia, and when we have a hot structure fire we need a recovery room for people to cool off.”

Chief Brown said the new vehicle are a long term investment in the safety of Lake Park citizens.

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