Firefighter Seth Nolin takes the wheel, and the easy job, as his team—firefighter Greg Clark in the forefront—pushes the 40,000-plus pound engine into the bay.

That new truck smell

Sweet fire-fighting rig arrives in Big Sky

As his crew sprayed, scrubbed and buffed their new Pierce custom velocity chassis pumper engine, Big Sky Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Greg Megaard stood nearby taking it all in. 

     “As soon as the truck parked, the guys were all over it, on top of it, in every compartment,” Megaard said, describing the elation a new engine brings to the department. “Seeing the excitement in their eyes, what this means for the department and for this community, it’s a big deal, and it’ll be around for the next 20, 25 years.” 

     The top-notch technology, powerful motor and maneuverability were highlights of the engine for Megaard, who said it will take a few weeks to get the rig set up before it’s ready to hit the streets. 

     “We all understand what an honor it is for our community to trust us with something like this… it will be a big piece of history putting this into service,” he said. 

     The $715,000 truck, paid for by resort tax funds, had just traveled 1,300 miles or so from Appleton, Wis., and was in need of a wash-down. As part of fire department tradition, the BSFD got out the washing equipment and started scrubbing—it’s a ceremony known as “wetting down the truck,” in essence baptizing the new ride. 

     Once the wipe down was completed, the BSFD crew continued the old tradition, pushing the massive truck into the engine bay. There were jokes about whether or not the truck would fit in the garage— “Who measured this thing?”—and it took a couple tries to get the truck over a lip in the driveway, but the crew succeeded in getting their coveted new wheels inside.  —JP

 

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