Savannah Fire's new addition

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah Fire welcomed a new addition Wednesday; a 42-foot-long HAZMAT truck, that they say can light up a city street and has the ability to detect heat blocks away.

Savannah Fire Chief Charles G. Middleton and Savannah Mayor Otis S. Johnson introduced the department's new HAZMAT truck during a brief ceremony at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

"It is a pleasure for me to recognize the rewards we have received through federal stimulus money and homeland security money," Johnson said, referring to the Port Security Grant that covered the bulk of the specialized vehicle's nearly 870-thousand-dollar price tag.  "We have used this money very wisely. This piece of equipment will help us in our regional HAZMAT responsibilities."

The vehicle is equipped with a Thermal/HD video camera perched atop a telescoping mast. Firefighters can monitor and record HAZMAT response activities inside the truck through a series of computers and LCD monitors.

The new truck is in service and housed at Savannah Fire's Station 6 on Liberty Parkway.

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