By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
A new customized Miami Dade green colored engine has arrived at Continental Fire Company.
The engine has “The Bloody Third” across the front.
On each side is a portrait of a firefighter and a green shamrock. The shamrock signifies Danville’s Irish heritage.
“On the back of our helmets we have a shamrock for good luck,” said Brad Harvey, lieutenant 33 of the Danville company.
The truck, which arrived April 20, will be dedicated June 22 during Continental’s 150th anniversary celebration.
The celebration, which will be open to the public, begins at noon. An open house will be held. There will be bands playing throughout the day and refreshments available.
The engine — Pierce Manufacturing brand made in 2013 — replaces a 2003 engine which was sold to the New Buffalo Township Fire Company.
The main difference between the engines is the new model has a light tower atop the cab which can easily be used to light up scenes.
Zack Flanagan, who serves as the company’s lieutenant 35, said the new engine has an eight-man cabin. It can pump 1,500 gallons per minute and holds 1,000 gallons.
The apparatus has more than 600 feet of one-and-three-quarters inch hand lines, 400 feet of two-and-one-half inch lines and more than 1,000 feet of five-inch large hose.
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