Hall County Fire Rescue recently deployed eight new fire engines as part of its multi-year plan to replace and upgrade its once-aging fleet. The engines have been assigned to stations covering the southern half of Hall County, completing the three-year plan approved by the Board of Commissioners in 2020.
The new engines have been deployed to stations 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 14 after being fitted with appropriate lifesaving equipment, hoses and tools.
“We’re very excited to have completed the update of our sixteen-engine fleet with the release of these trucks,” Interim Fire Chief Jerry Smith said. “Finalizing the replacement of our outdated fleet ensures Hall County Fire Rescue maintains the highest levels of service to our community.”
Replacing outdated engines reduces maintenance costs and downtime for servicing older engines. With the completion of the update to the fleet, all HCFR apparatus have additional storage space for life-saving equipment and are equipped with new technologies, such as low-voltage LED lighting, communication systems and hearing protection for the firefighters, and environmentally-friendly clean diesel engines.
“Emergency services are the most critical and impactful services provided by local government,” Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Higgins said. “We want our firefighters to have equipment that is reliable, effective and efficient, so our community has peace of mind knowing the men and women of Hall County Fire Rescue will be there when they need them.”
The eight newly deployed engines were funded by the Fire Services Fund.