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Savannah Fire introduces new fire engines

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah Fire & Emergency Services introduced four new fire engines to service on Wednesday.

The new, state-of-the-art apparatus are more environmentally friendly than earlier models and feature new safety aspects in accordance with EPA and NFPA standards. SFES Fleet Division Officer Captain Ira Harper says the new engines feature a lower center of gravity to help prevent rollover possibilities and a more ergonomic design that creates a safer environment for firefighters.

"We've done a lot with a little, if you want to say it that way," said Chief Charles Middleton. "So these four units now that we have will upgrade our service delivery component, because they'll have more pumping capacity, more environmentally friendly footprints, so we're really excited to have them."

"Every avenue was looked into, even turning a corner, what did they need to do to make sure they would not scrape or do whatever, so a lot of planning and a lot of work went into the design of these trucks," said Mayor Edna Jackson.

Together, these help to reduce the risk of injuries to firefighters while driving the machines and while operating in and around them on fire grounds.

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