Thursday, November 1, 2001 gave me a rare opportunity. I paid Central Station a visit near 8:00 a.m. and found out that the new Heavy Duty Rescue was due around 11:00 a.m. I first made a quick trip to Wal Mart to grab a camera, because I knew this was my last chance to take a picture of the apparatus at Central as it was then. I went by a few stations and found trucks out, and tried out the camera. Close to 11:00 a.m. I went back to Station 1. The new rescue was no where to be found. A false alarm was provided by a Union Pacific Railroad truck. About 11:20 a.m. I happened to look toward the corner of 7th and Maple. Just turning the corner and heading north on Maple was the new rescue! I hurried to get in position to get a shot of the apparatus before it pulled onto City Property.
Above is pictured the 2001 E1/ Freightliner Heavy Rescue before
it pulled into NLRFD Central Station on November 1, 2001.
Firefighters started coming out to look at the new vehicle.
Finally, someone climbed inside.
Soon more and more firefighters came to look. Some workers from a private
firm doing electrical work could not resist the temptation, either!
The new rescue has a large light tower, which can be automatically
raised and lowered. It retracts automatically. What a welcome
addition this will be a emergency scenes on dark nights.
The storage bins on top of the new Rescue 19 finally had
to be checked out by the crews on duty on November 1st.
Rescue 19'S new apparatus after it was officially placed in service.
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