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New Fire Tender at 148th Fighter Wing

Fire crews at the 148th Fighter wing are using a new fire tender that they said is the biggest in the area. Fire crews at the 148th Fighter wing are using a new fire tender that they said is the biggest in the area. |  Photo: 148th Fighter Wing

Updated: January 13, 2020 06:24 PM

Firefighters with the 148th Fighter Wing showed us their newest apparatus, a 2018 P-26 water tender. 

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"It's the largest one in the area," shared Staff Sgt. Richard Visger. "It means everything for our fire department and community. It can hold 4,000 gallons. In rural areas, there aren't a lot of hydrants. This gets called out for a lot of uses."

And even though it has a larger capacity, the technology makes it so they take smaller droplets of water, like a small pressure water.

Staff Sgt. Beau Boyat added, "We use less water so we can stay at the scene longer. And it's a lot lighter, so on less paved areas, it won't sink into the ground as much."

Their primary mission is the airfield. They also take care of the Duluth International Airport and respond to the surrounding aviation companies.

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