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Jackson Hole Fire/EMS boosts capabilities with new all hazards rescue pumper

January 9, 2024

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS has enhanced its emergency response capacity with the recent addition of a state-of-the-art Pierce Enforcer Rescue Pumper.

Housed at Fire Station 7 in Adams Canyon, this advanced apparatus is regarded as a versatile tool in emergency situations, akin to a Swiss Army Knife for rescue pumpers.

Enhanced emergency response capabilities

Captain Jim Little of Jackson Hole Fire/EMS highlighted the comprehensive utility of the new rescue pumper: “This one apparatus can service all hazards emergencies.

The new rescue pumper will greatly increase the response capabilities of Fire/EMS and Station 7 personnel.”

Funded through the Town of Jackson and Teton County General Funds, the apparatus, valued at $704,494, underwent an extensive design and build phase spanning about 18 months, commencing in Spring 2021 and culminating with its final inspection in Fall 2023.

Innovative design and features

The Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC) of the rescue pumper maximizes maneuverability and substantially increases storage capacity.

This design enables the pumper to effectively handle a wide spectrum of all hazard emergencies.

Equipped with an engine capable of pumping 1,500 gallons of water per minute, this pumper stands as the most efficient in the department’s fleet, particularly valuable for structural fire responses.

Additional features include increased space for emergency medical supplies, facilitating the engine’s support to ambulances during medical emergencies.

The apparatus also comes equipped with rope rescue gear for over-the-edge rescues, Hurst extraction tools for vehicle accidents, swift water equipment for water rescues, and wildland firefighting gear for wildfire suppression.

Community engagement and appreciation

Expressing enthusiasm for the new equipment, Captain Little said: “We are excited to start training on the new pumper and begin servicing the community with it.

Most importantly though, we want to thank the community for their continued support and appreciation.”

In a gesture of community engagement, the media has been invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new apparatus, scheduled for January 3, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.

at Adams Canyon Station 7​​.

FSJA Comment

The acquisition of the Pierce Enforcer Rescue Pumper by Jackson Hole Fire/EMS represents a significant advancement in the department’s emergency response capabilities.

Not only does this addition underscore the department’s commitment to staying at the forefront of emergency response technology, but it also reflects the community’s support and investment in public safety.

The diverse functionalities of the rescue pumper, from fighting structural fires to aiding in various rescue operations, demonstrate a strategic approach to resource allocation, ensuring that the most versatile and efficient tools are available to first responders.

The community’s involvement and appreciation, evident in the planned ribbon-cutting ceremony, highlight the integral role of public support in enhancing emergency services.

This development is a testament to the collaborative efforts between Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, the local government, and the community, working together to foster a safer and more prepared environment for all residents and visitors.

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