Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Fire Department has a new Army Pumper — a 2020 Pierce Saber, which is one of 37 pumpers the Army ordered through the efforts of its Tank Automotive Command. Photo by Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Fire Department

Base fire department gets new Army Pumper 

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Fire Department has a new Army Pumper — a 2020 Pierce Saber, which is one of 37 pumpers the Army ordered through the efforts of its Tank Automotive Command and the assistant chief of staff for Installation Management Command. It will replace a 1994 Pierce Arrow. The cost was $423,112. This is the third new pumper Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall received since 2014.

The new Army Pumper incorporates the latest technology such as reduced vehicle emissions, is much quieter and provides greater capability. The new Army Pumper has a rated pump capacity of 1,500 gallons per minute and has 12-volt LED scene lighting, which eliminates the need for an onboard generator. The older pumper has a rated pump capacity of 1,250 GPM. The new pumper has a tire pressure monitoring system, vehicle data recorder, water tank level gauges mounted on each side of cab and a front inlet for connecting to a hydrant.

The new Army Pumper should reduce the apparatus out of service times. The fire department has four vehicles OOS until a fifth vehicle went OOS March 11. One the apparatus has been OOS for more than two years. With the fifth vehicle OOS, it forces the fire department to rely on other departments — federal and municipal — to borrow their apparatus in order to meet mission readiness.