FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Fire Department now has another fire engine ready to hit the streets for emergency runs.
On March 9, the department received its newest fire truck—a 2021 Sutphen model manufactured in Dublin, Ohio. The new fire truck, which cost around $500,000 to manufacture, will be stationed primarily at Station 2 on Flushing Road on the north end of Flint Township.
Sgt. Brett Beckley with the Flint Township Fire Department said that the new truck represents a boost in fire engine technology with updated electronics and easy-to-use features.
“We tried to make it as user-friendly as possible, so that all of our fulltime and part-time crews can operate the truck,” he said. “We also added extra warning lights due to our response area having expressways, and the truck’s emergency scene lighting will help us out at nighttime so that we don’t to have manually set up lights.”
Members of the Flint Township Fire Department traveled to Ohio in late February to inspect the new truck built by Sutphen, a family-owned company that’s been manufacturing fire trucks for over 130 years. Beckley said that he and his colleagues were very impressed with the work Sutphen did over an 18-month period from order to delivery of the truck.
“We knew we had quality and integrity behind the product,” he said. “We were very impressed.”
With the new addition, the Flint Township Fire Department has six engines in its fleet. The department last updated its fleet with a new truck in 2017.