County Officials Studying Trucks, Bridges

Posted: December 23, 2012 at 4:29 a.m.

A discussion about buying new fire engines for volunteer fire departments has led Benton County officials to study the county’s bridges to see if they can handle the increasing load of heavy vehicles.

At A Glance

Fire Trucks

Marshal Watson, Benton County emergency services administrator, said the new fire service vehicles the county plans to buy in 2013 are combination pumper-tanker trucks that have a 3,000-gallon tank mounted on a vehicle that also carries a 1,250-gallons-per-minute pump giving the one vehicle the capability of two. The loaded weight of the new vehicles is about 24 tons, which exceeds the carrying capacity of many county bridges.

Source: Staff Report

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