Advertisement

First Fire Truck of its Kind Comes to Prior Lake

March 10, 2017 10:52 AM

It's one of the only fire trucks of its kind in the entire country, and it's now in Prior Lake.

Some call it the Swiss Army Knife of fire trucks.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

"Do I need the scissors, or do I need the knife? That's what this is essentially like," said Greg Hayes, public safety director for Mdewakanton Public Safety. 

Firefighters for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community are now training on this all-inclusive truck.

"We have a ladder, we have an engine, we have a rescue, and we also have ALS paramedics on it," Hayes said. 

Hayes said combining all these features into one truck is unique in principle. In fact, he said, it's more than just the truck.

"It's how we even deploy with it," Hayes said. 

"That's what the training is for, we build the muscle memory," said Loyal Weaver, with Mdewakanton Public Safety. 

The department said there are several reasons the truck is so unique. For instance, what typically takes a traditional truck five minutes upon arrival at a scene now can be done in less than two minutes, including ladder and water-supply setup.

"Your traditonal trucks really don't allow for that time, and takes a couple more people," Hayes said. 

Plus, instead of using only water to fight fires, crews will use a combination of compressed air foam that they say is seven times more effective.

"With the compressed air foam, we cut the water back," Hayes said. 

Until an ambulance arrives for transfer, it can provide advanced life support. At 1,800 calls last year, Hayes said the truck is built for the needs of their community.

"This toolbox brings it all," he said. 

The department is confident everyone will benefit when every second counts. 

"It allows us to do our jobs safer, better, faster and I don't know if we could ask for much more," Weaver said. 

The truck hasn't made it's first run yet because the department is just finishing training.

Hayes said thinks someday this all-in-one technology will make it to other communities throughout the state. 

Credits

Brett Hoffland

Copyright 2017 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Advertisement
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017, as a showdown is set for a vote on the Republican health care overhaul after President Donald Trump made clear he is finished negotiating with GOP holdouts.

House Republicans Withdraw Health Care Bill

This is an undated photo released by the Metropolitan Police of Khalid Masood. Authorities identified Masood, a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London.

London Attacker was Cheerful, Joking on Eve of Rampage

Federal Assessment of St. Anthony Police Department to Include Look at Traffic Stops

Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond to shooter Wednesday at an apartment complex in Rothschild, Wisconsin.

Suspect Identified in Quadruple Wisconsin Shooting

Regents Look to Commission Independent Review of Gophers Football Players Investigation

President Donald Trump, flanked by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Friday, during the announcing of the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

Trump Administration Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

Advertisement