MERIDEN – A replacement for Engine 2 recently purchased by the fire department will enter service in the coming weeks.
Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Dunn said the new Engine 2, a 2017 Spartan/Smeal, cost $450,000 and will replace the previous Engine 2, which is 15 years old and was involved in an accident that put it out of regular operation. Vehicles are typically in frontline service for about 10 years before being placed in reserve service for another 10 years, Dunn said.
The new engine features updated technology, LED lighting and a larger water tank. It will arrive in the city by the end of next week, and after training should enter service within three weeks.
“It’s going to give us a shot in the arm in terms of the fleet,” Dunn said.
Engines are built within 300 to 340 days, he noted
“This truck was built specifically for Meriden, given the terrain, the district,” he said.
The fire department is also planning to add a quint — a hybrid between an engine and a ladder truck — to the department’s fleet within the next year. Dunn said purchasing a second ladder was a priority following recent construction in the downtown area.