The Oconee County Board of Commissioners officially welcomed a new Sutphen Engine for Fire Station 5 on January 5, 2021. The new Engine 501, funded with proceeds from the 2015 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), replaces a 32-year-old engine.
Capable of pumping 1,500 gallons per minute with a 1,000-gallon capacity water tank, Engine 501 has a custom cab which seats a driver and three additional firefighters. The engine is a “clean cab” concept design, in which all self-contained breathing apparatus gear is stored in a compartment in the body of the vehicle and not inside the cab. The clean cab concept reduces carcinogens that firefighters are exposed to from contaminants left on the equipment after fires.
This vehicle will be the sixth engine and eighth fire rescue vehicle purchased since 2003 from manufacturer Sutphen Corporation, a family-owned business located in Columbus, Ohio. Oconee County Fire Rescue continues to update and standardize the fire vehicle fleet, which limits repairs and maintenance and allows volunteers to become thoroughly skilled in the operation of a single brand of truck.
“Engine 501 will enhance our operations and response to fires throughout the Station 5 zone,” said Chief Bruce Thaxton. “The Station 5 officers and volunteer firefighters are excited about the addition of this new state-of-the-art vehicle.”
For more information about Oconee County Fire Rescue, visit https://www.oconeecounty.com/227/Fire-Rescue.