New Green Lake fire truck sees first solo action

Standing by the new Green Lake-Brooklyn fire truck last January are, from left, Fire Chief Bill Wagner, fireman Jason Sonntag and Lt. Dave Cornelius.

It took more than 12 months, but the newest fire engine in the Green Lake-Brooklyn fleet has seen its first solo action.

The new W.S. Darley & Co. pumper had helped out at least once before with mutual aid, but last month, it had its first real Green Lake fire call.

The emergency was a fully engulfed truck along Northwest Road, west of the city, around 12:30 a.m.

Fire chief Bill Wagner lauded the new, compressed air foam system as “excellent.”

It took only about a minute for complete flame knockdown and extinguishment, he said. Crews needed perhaps 175 gallons of water and a gallon of foam.

“Which, I think, is excellent because quite often I’ve seen car fires go anywhere from 500 to 1,000 gallons of water to get them put out,” Wagner said.

Although the system raised the price of the truck by about $25,000, Wagner believes it was worthwhile ... Continue reading the full article, only in the March 12 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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