CAPE CORAL, Fla. - WINK News is taking you up close, and inside, Cape Coral's brand new state of the art fire engine. And you won't believe what firefighters have to put inside to keep it in top shape.
The engine has been in service for about three weeks, and costs a total of $450,000. That money has been used to buy special features on the truck that are geared to save your life.
She's shiny. She's sleek. And she's and ready to roll. Lt. Ryan Corlew says Station 8's addition comes at a time when the city is facing aging fire equipment, but an increase of calls. This truck, he says, replaces an old one.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is the surprising substance firefighters are required to add to it. The truck runs on diesel, but crews also have to fill it up with a special chemical mixture containing pig urine.
"It's kind of a surprise that's the fluid they would be using," Corlew said.
He says the mixture significantly reduces the truck's emissions, making it eco-friendly. "It's better for it driving around the streets, it's also better for when we pull into the station, we're not putting more exhaust into the bay," he said.
Besides that, this new beauty also has some state of the art features: a spotlight for working in the dark, a tool box with extrication equipment already attached in the front for easy access, and compartments with tools ready at a moments notice.
It also has a computer that can remain open while they are responding to a call. All of these features add life saving minutes when time is of the essence.
The city is getting another truck just like this one, later in the year.