PHOTOS: Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department Gets A New Pierce Arrow (Fire Engine, That Is)

By Ralph Nichols, with photos by Michael Brunk

Mention a bright red Pierce Arrow and most people, even today, think of the expensive luxury cars of the 1920s and 30s.

But the newest Pierce-Arrow in Burien is made for hard – and life-saving – work.

The Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department (King County Fire District 2) took delivery of this Pierce-Arrow XT – now called Engine No. 2 – in late January.

Battalion Chief Doug Luedeman told the B-Town Blog this week that this top-of-the-line fire truck, with a price tag of approximately $550,000, replaces a 21-year-old engine.

The new Engine No. 2 has a pumping capacity of 2,000 gallons per minute, which Luedeman described as “a huge-capacity pump. The typical pumping capacity is round 1,500 gallons per minute.”

Its 1,000 feet of 5-inch hose “lets us bring the hydrant to the fire. It gets as much water to the fire as the hydrant supplies,” unlike smaller hoses that lose some capacity between the hydrant and the nozzle.

The truck also has a foam system – “foam is used on just about everything now,” he added – and a big generator for its flood lights.

Engine No. 2 is “pretty much a twin” of another Pierce Arrow fire truck the department got two years ago. The new arrival is still in reserve while firefighters continue stocking it with hoses and custom equipment.

Still, Luedeman noted, “it put out two fires on its first day here. It’s a great rig.

“We’re very appreciative of the taxpayers who support us so well and enable us to have the equipment to do our job. We have a very supportive community here in Burien and Normandy Park.”

The old fire truck has not been surplussed yet. Should Burien eventually annex the remaining North Highline unincorporated area, it likely would be refurbished and kept as an auxiliary engine.

Burien/Normandy Park has four fire engines, including two H&W trucks that are 10 years old, one ladder truck, and two aid (Medic I) cars.

“We’re very well equipped,” Luedeman said. No new fire engines will be needed when District 2 replaces its two existing fire stations later this year.

All trucks respond to a total of about 4,000 emergency calls a year.

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