Bolton's Engine 5s
By CHUCK LOWE, Correspondent | June 09, 2019 | MASSACHUSETTS
Story No. 060919104
Photo by Chuck LoweQuickstep II
Photo by Chuck Lowe1949 GMC
Photo by Chuck Lowe1973 IHC
Photo by Chuck Lowe1981 Mack-R/Moody
Photo by Chuck Lowe2016 Rosenbauer Commander
Over the past 70 years the Bolton FD has operated some interesting apparatus as Engine 5. In 1949, an odd looking GMC 350-GPM pumper held this designation along with "Quickstep II" markings. That apparatus served several decades and was eventually replaced by a 1973 International that was rated at 1000-GPM. This truck was red, leading most to believe that it was second-hand from another agency. It held 1000-gallons of water.
Years later, a 1981 Mack-R 2100-gallon tanker that was built by Moody became Engine 5. This truck was originally BFD Engine 3, but it became Engine 5 when a newer tanker arrived in 2007. The '81 Mack remained active until replaced by a 2016 Rosenbauer Commander 4x4.
The current Engine 5 has a 1500-GPM pump with a 750-gallon water tank. It also carries 30-gallons of class A foam.
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