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Truck for Flammable Spills, Environmental Protection

Issue 4 and Volume 128.

Truck for Flammable Spills, Environmental Protection A truck for handling flammable spills and fires is the newest addition to the Bristol, Conn., Fire Department. It is an Army surplus 10-wheel, 6-ton cargo carrier with four-wheel drive that cost the department nothing except for a little money spent on repainting the vehicle and reupholstering the cab seat. The truck also can handle spills of other materials in the highly industrialized Connecticut city to assist in environmental protection and carries portable pumps for dewatering operations. “In the few months we have had this truck,” said Chief Anthony D. Basile, “it has responded to more than 70 incidents, including fires.” A deck gun is mounted behind the cab so that a master stream can be quickly put in position. For environmental protection, the carries two yards of sand in two boxes, 20 hags of absorbent material, 30 gallons of 3 percent protein foam…

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