-By Bristol Bugle News correspondent Jim Nickel
Fire Chief Fred Genslinger extends his thanks publicly to the anonymous donor who gave $5,000 to the Bristol Fire Department (BFD) for the purchase of needed equipment for its grass truck.
Also called a brush truck, the four-wheel drive pick-up is able to access remote areas to fight grass and brush fires. The truck itself is still in good condition, but the equipment it carried was outdated. Firefighter Scott Genslinger says it was very difficult to obtain parts for the old unit, which was built in 1978.
Scott says that he spent “a lot of time, a lot of research, and a lot of negotiation” to find and acquire a used piece of equipment that is in excellent condition, and would normally cost up to $12,000.
The unit sits on a skid that is permanently mounted in the back of the pick-up truck. It consists of a gasoline motor for a water pump, a 200-gallon water tank, and 200 feet of hose. When responding to a fire, it is accompanied by a tanker truck with a capacity of 3,500 gallons, which, however, cannot access the off-the-road areas serviced by the grass truck.
Fred and Scott said the grass truck is used repeatedly in the spring, summer, and fall seasons, calling it a “much needed piece of equipment” and saying “we are glad we got it.” They are both grateful to the donor who made possible the acquisition of a vital addition to their array of firefighting equipment.