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2 new Manchester fire trucks needed minor repairs on delivery

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 07. 2014 11:00PM
Manchester firefighter Dan LeBerge works atop one of the city’s three new fire trucks at the city’s Somerville Street fire station on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — Just off the showroom floor, two Manchester Fire Department pumpers had to be brought into the shop for minor repairs over the last two weeks, Fire Chief James Burkush acknowledged Tuesday.

The repairs, made under warranty, took place before the engines were placed into service late last week. Both were part of Sunday’s Fire Prevention Parade.

“This is not atypical. These are complicated machines, very complicated vehicles,” Burkush said. “That’s why we insist on a warranty.”

In mid-September, the city took delivery of three pumpers, manufactured by E-One of Orlando, Fla., Burkush said. The package cost: $1.3 million.

The three were built to specifications set by the city, and with the deliveries, the city’s entire fleet of 10 pumpers comes from a single manufacturer. Using a single supplier allows for standardization when it comes to training and repairs, Burkush said.

As the city was fitting up the pumpers, the vehicle diagnostic system showed a small electrical problem in one, Burkush said. He described it as “a dashboard light or something minor.”

Another pumper had bad fluid in its diesel exhaust fluid tank. The tank had to be flushed and a filter had to be replaced.

According to the website, heavy-duty vehicles use a DEF fluid system to break down catalytically the harmful nitrogen-oxygen pollutants found in diesel exhaust to nitrogen and water.

Burkush said Mack Truck handled the DEF work. The pumper dealer — Greenwood Emergency Vehicles of Attleboro, Mass. — honored the warranty, and neither repair cost the city anything, Burkush said.

He said the pumpers have a lifetime warranty on the frame and paint, a 5-year warranty on the power train and a 2-year bumper to bumper warranty. Burkush said the engines should last about 15 years.

The new engines will be quieter and more efficient than older models, and the mileage of the new engines improves by about 6 percent, meaning they should get about 6 miles to a gallon of fuel, Burkush said.

Because the city purchased the three vehicles at once, it paid less for each of them than what was paid for a single pumper in 2011, Burkush said.

He said Mayor Ted Gatsas convinced the dealer to knock $30,000 off the price of the package.

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