Payson Fire Department Gets New Truck

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Payson Fire Station 12 has a brand new truck to battle blazes.

Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi said the new truck replaced one that was more than 20 years old.

"We don't like to keep an apparatus for more than 20 years which is why we bought this new truck," deMasi said.

The truck specifications were decided by a committee of Payson firefighters last year. Sutphen Corporation of Ohio then built the truck in accordance with the recommendations.

The new truck features a 1,500 gallon-per-minute pump, a 500-gallon water tank, as well as a compressed air foam system.

Air foam is more effective than water in extinguishing fires, said deMasi.

"The compressed air foam system is shown to be far superior to plain water normally used by firefighters," deMasi said.

The truck was purchased at a cost of $295,750.

Payson Fire Department Engineer Julie Morder called the new truck "awesome" and said it is easy to maneuver and operate.

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