The Board of Trustee’s approved the bid from Alexis Fire to build Towanda’s newest Engine. The new Engine 61 is due to arrive late spring / mid-summer of 2018. The new Engine 61 is a used 2007 Spartan chassis with a new Alexis rescue/pumper style box. The new Engine 61 total cost will be around $429,000.00. Engine 61 will be a 6-man cab, with 1250 gallons of water and will have a Waterous 1250 gallon per minute pump. Engine 61 can also serve as a water tender and is capable of dumping its 1250 gallons of water through it’s rear mounted Newton Quick Dump in under 90 seconds. Engine 61 will have three 200 feet 1 3/4 inch pre-connect speed lays and 200 feet of 2 ½ inch pre-connect speed lay. Engine 61 will have 800 feet of 4 ½ inch and 600 feet of 3-inch fire hydrant supply line. Engine 61 also carries two 6-inch hard suction hose for drafting water from pond or creeks in the rural areas. Engine 61 carries 6 (SCBA) self-contained breathing apparatus, and 9 spare SCBA bottles. A 2000 gallons portable water tank and has a 10 KW generator, and a 15-foot light tower. Engine 61 will have one 35-foot Extension ladder, one 12-foot roof ladder, and one folding attic ladder. Other equipment on Engine 61 also has a truck mounted deluge (deck) gun mounted on top which is capable of putting out 250 gallons of water a minute. Engine 61 will also have a full set of extrication tools.