Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral Share Cost of New Fire Truck, Donate Old Truck To Volunteer Dept.

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truck donated to Monticello, Florida

Canaveral Fire Rescue, which serves Port Canaveral and the city of Cape Canaveral, is putting its brand new fire truck into service. The 2017 2000-gallon-per-minute pumper has 33 percent more capacity than the 1991 truck it is replacing, which was the largest available at the time.

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Canaveral Fire Rescue, which serves Port Canaveral and the city of Cape Canaveral, is putting its brand new fire truck into service.

The 2017 2000-gallon-per-minute pumper has 33 percent more capacity than the 1991 truck it is replacing, which was the largest available at the time.

“We were planning for Port growth when we bought the older truck,” said Fire Chief Dave Sargeant.

“But ships and facilities keep getting bigger and bigger so now we need even more capacity.”

The Canaveral Port Authority and Cape Canaveral shared the cost of the new pumper equally.

The older truck, which was 100 percent Port-owned, is finding a good home with the all-volunteer fire department of Monticello, Florida, just outside Tallahassee.

“I met their chief one year ago at a conference and he was talking about what his small fire department really could use but couldn’t afford,” Sargeant said.

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“I told him I’d see what I could do for him. The Port Authority and Cape Canaveral have been helping his department out ever since and have donated several trucks.”

Port Commission Chairman Tom Weinberg said, “This has been a great opportunity for us to help not one, but two, Florida communities get the level of fire service they need.”

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