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FEPP Success Stories - North Carolina
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Photo of a South Edgecombe Brush Truck.

Background Developments Leading to the Construction of Truck 1414

On February 10, 2008, South Edgecombe and 10 other departments for Edgecombe, Pitt, and Martin counties responded to a series of grass and woods fires in the Conetoe and other areas. These fires were spreading quickly driven by the high winds. Our truck became stuck in a sandy field and was out of action until a large tractor could pull it out. We realized our structural fire fitting equipment was inadequate to fight this type of fire in a remote location.

Timeline of the Construction of Truck 1414

  • February 10, Conetoe fire
  • March fireman meeting, voted to construct truck
  • March 20, equipment committee makes trip to Fort Pickett, Va. to select a truck from fifteen possibilities.
  • Received Town of Speed truck June 16
  • Received Army truck July 4
  • Truck 1414 put into service in September 23
  • 86 days of construction
  • Photo of dump truck from FT. Pickett. Photo of truck donated by Speed VFD.

    Photo of Dump Truck frame and cab. Photo of Speed VFD truck body.

    Construction Facts about Truck 1414

  • 9 gallons of paint used
  • 125 hose and pipe fittings used such as couplings, reducing bushings, bell reducers, tees, elbows, and street elbows
  • 75 light bulbs added
  • 350 feet of wire added
  • Photo of Refurbished truck.

    Truck Specification of 1414

  • 5 ton Army truck with full time 6x6
  • 250 HP Cummins diesel engine
  • 1250 gallons water capacity
  • 110 gallons of diesel fuel capacity
  • Weight 32,000 pounds loaded
  • 350 GPM PTO pump
  • 2 1 front nozzles with pump and roll capability controlled from cab
  • 10,000 pound capacity front winch
  • 2 2 discharges left and right
  • 2 2 intakes left and right
  • 2 1 preconnect hose bed lays
  • 2 1 booster reels
  • Jet dump to empty 1250 gallons in minutes
  • Various strobe, scene, and bar lights
  • In cab headset communication system
  • South Edgecombe Fireman Volunteers

    Chris Allen; S.L. Allen; David Corbett; Bit Gardner; Jim Gardner; Mike Keel; Chester Lancaster; Sony Linkous; Dustin Pierce; Jason Raynor; Brian Skippers; Tom Stallings; Brandon Trevathan; Alton Webb; C.J. Webb; and Daniel Webb

    Estimated Total Volunteer Fireman Hours: 700

    Other Volunteers: Tim Braswell; Jamie Cook; Cody Lancaster; Brooks Parisher; Representative Joe Tolson; Bobby Weaver; Carlton Webb; and Danny Witherington

    Contributing Vendors / Organizations: Edgecombe County Emergency Services; L J Photography; Gardner Photography; N.C. Forestry Service; NAPA Auto Parts of Tarboro; Service Drug and Speed Fire Department

    Thanks to the volunteers and the donated parts, the total cost to put this vehicle into service was a mere $6,000.00.

    Photo of 1,250 gallon tanker at work.

    As quoted by Ashley Folsom, NC FEPP Manager, "To say they are proud of their truck, and appreciative of our help is an understatement."

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