09/07/10 271 W, 4 I - + 5 - 3 Old 'Scope Serving Well in Barnwell

Our friends in Barnwell, SC, pass along photos and an update on Raleigh's old 1977 Mack/Baker aerialscope that they purchased in 2007. The truck's in service and is stored in a special building they built. Since receiving, they had some minor hydraulic work done, replaced the threaded connections to the waterway, and cleaned and re-greased the boom. They've had the paint matched for touch-ups, and are awaiting some work before lettering the rig. With their budget year starting in October, more work is planned.

The truck is designated Tower 101 and carries six SCBAs with spare cylinder, confined-space rescue equipment, rope rescue equipment, positive pressure ventilation fan, two chain saws, forcible entry tools, a generator and lights, etc. They've got a new generator waiting installation, upon completion of a pull-out tray, to replace the old generator. They report that the truck is working well, and has responded upon several calls. One worker to date, when they flowed through a vent opening atop a plant building being salvaged. The truck is also used to fly the flag shown below, as was photographed on September 11 last year. It will fly again this year.

Barnwell is the county seat of Barnwell County, in the southeastern part of the state. Their population was 5,035 in the 2000 census, and their size is 7.8 square miles. The fire department is a combination department with 27 suppression members including a paid staff of four, which consists of a Fire Chief and three Engineers. They operate three engines, the tower, a service truck, and three special-response trailers. Visit their web site. Click the first three photos to enlarge:

It’s good to see it again! ...and still in service!
A.C. Rich - 09/08/10 - 22:57

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