2017-01-11 / Local News

TEST DRIVE?

Trying to get more familiar with their newest truck so they could better understand its operation and capabilities, City of Gaffney firefighters underwent special training last week on some very muddy and hilly terrain.

A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant allowed the city to commission the construction of a very specialized off- road truck to be used for fighting brush fires and for use in severe weather situations. The city took delivery of the custom- built Skeeter Brush Truck, designated Brush 101 at the city fire department a few weeks ago. The truck started as little but the cab and frame of a Ford F550. The four- wheel drive vehicle now rides on massive off- road tires. Each of the department’s three shifts got a chance to work with the new vehicle last week. A wooded site in Gaffney, made muddy by rainfall earlier in the week, served as the training ground.

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