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Chelsea firefighters train on new tanker 6-2 (with slideshow)

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority has a new tanker and firefighters were trained on the new apparatus Wednesday morning.

The new 2019 Freightliner tanker arrived at Chelsea Area Fire Authority Station 1 and both full-time and Paid-On-Call firefighters received training on the new vehicle on Aug. 28.

The tanker will be housed in Station 2 on Jackson Road in Lima Township along with a new squad vehicle said Fire Chief Rob Arbini.

With its 2,000-gallon capacity, the vehicle has hose lines and can be used as an attack vehicle on a fire scene.

Some of the members of the Chelsea Area Fire Authority posed in front of Tanker 6-2 following training Wednesday.

Arbini said the new vehicle replaces a vehicle that was retired about 1.5 years ago and this type of apparatus was chosen because the CAFA district has few fire hydrants.

“Only about 5 percent of the fire district has hydrants,” the chief said.

At a cost of about $350,000, the tanker has multi-uses the chief said, and will be used primarily to supplement the water supply on a fire scene.

Currently, the fire authority has 10 full-time and four Paid-On-Call firefighters and the chief said he hopes to be at the full compliment of 12 full-time firefighters this fall.   

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