The Buffalo Fire Department has two brand new, state-of-the-art fire trucks. The pumpers were dedicated at a ceremony Friday morning outside the department's headquarters in downtown Buffalo.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield, and city firefighters gathered for the event.
The new American LaFrance Heavy Duty Pumpers were built to the city's specifications.
Commissioner Whitfield says the new trucks replace two older rigs at BDF Engine 22 at 1528 Broadway and BDF Engine 33 at 1720 Fillmore Avenue.
"Since 2006, we have basically replaced the entire fleet for the Buffalo Fire Department at a cost of $14 million," said Whitfield. "These two new pumpers represent that last two pumpers in the city that did not full capacity. These two new pumpers will complete the standardization of our fleet now, and we are in a place that we have never been before in the history of our department."
The new pumpers replace outdated vehicles that could not use foam at Engine 22 and Engine 33. The new fire trucks were purchased with city bond funds at a cost of $700,000.
The department also dedicated a recently purchased Rapid Response Air-Light vehicle. The truck was damaged after put into use last year.
All city fire trucks are now equipped with new thermal imaging cameras.
The family of fallen Buffalo firefighter Michael Seguin attended Friday's dedication. The Seguins worked to make sure the cameras are available for all city firefighters.
Seguin was killed when a roof collapsed while fighting an East side blaze in 1997. His father, Larry Seguin said the state-of-the-art equipment will help protect firefighters.
"But the men behind us deserve the best. We have the best, let's give them the best. I know it's an effort. I know it's a lot of money, but they're there for us, we need to be there for them," said Seguin.
Captain Jeff Stauffiger is with Engine Company 33 that will be receiving the one of the two new pumpers.
Captain Stuaffiger demonstrates an imagining camera to the media.
"We can take to this into a building and we will get temperature variances," said Stuaffiger. "Lifesaving wise, this is a real handy tool. We go into fires, we can't see, we can scan with this camera and we can actually see any heat signatures."