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Anna FD expands fleet by 2

By Joshua Baethge
Anna-Melissa Tribune
The Anna Fire Department recently added a new reserve engine and its first ambulance.

The Anna Fire Department recently added two new vehicles to its growing fleet. Engine-2 will now serve as the city’s reserve unit.  Right now, firefighters are responding to call with this vehicle to get better acquainted with it.

The Class-1 pumper was purchased for less than 30 percent of its original cost.  However, it retains 100 percent of its National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommended lifespan as a reserved

The fire engine came to Anna from the city of Coppell.  Interim Fire Chief Dan Wood has known the director of fleet services there for 27 years and says nobody takes better care of their engines.  He says that this new apparatus is a huge upgrade from the city’s previous primary reserve engine.

Anna also acquired its first ambulance.  Currently, the city outsources its ambulance services to AMR.  That will continue for the time being.  However, in the event that AMR is not able to respond in a timely manner due to high call volume or a paramedic shortage, the fire department will now be able to respond to calls with its own ambulance at the discretion of the captain on duty.

The Anna Fire Department recently added a new reserve engine and its first ambulance.

Anna was able to purchase the ambulance through funding from the CARES Act. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread Wood and Interim Public Safety Directory Ray Isom were concerned about what would happen if AMR experienced a rash of COVID cases among its paramedics. The two quickly went to work on seeing if the city could get its own ambulance as a backup plan.

“We were able to get the very last available chassis in the state of Texas,” Wood said. “If we hadn’t deiced that day, we probably wouldn’t have had an ambulance for another nine months, and it wouldn't have met the requirements of the Cares Act funding.”

The new ambulance is fully equipped with the latest technology including infrared decontamination lighting, air purification systems, fully automatic patient loading systems, fluid spring suspension and the very latest in cardiac monitoring and advanced life support equipment.  

According to Wood, these two additions to the fleet are a huge step forward for the department. However, they won’t be the last.  As the city continues to grow, the department will as well.  By 2040, the city may well have 4 fire stations and multiple ambulances.