MANATEE COUNTY — The West Manatee Fire & Rescue District recently placed their new fire engine in service. The 2014 Pierce Impel can transport 5 firefighters, carries 750 gallons of water and can pump 1,500 gallons of water per minute. The new engine comes with a state-of-the-art compressed air foam system (CAFS) which injects compressed air and foam into the fire hoses, allowing the use of less water and reduces water damage.
The engine was purchased from the local Pierce distributor, Ten-8 Fire Equipment Company, at a cost of $497,000. The engine will be located at Station 4, 407 67th Street West in Bradenton.