Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

City News

Jackson Fire & Rescue dedicates new fire truck

A new custom-built $445,000 fire engine was dedicated by Jackson Fire and Rescue June 6 at Fire Station 1.

“This piece of equipment truly is an investment by the community and it’s for the community,” Fire Chief Jason Mouser told a crowd that had gathered for the occasion.

The fire truck was manufactured by Precision Fire Apparatus using input from Jackson firefighters. “It’s not only an American made product, it comes from here in Missouri,” Mouser said. “This work was done collectively, weighing the pros and cons of every detail.”

Designated “Engine 12,” this pumper holds 1,000 gallons of water, more than any other Jackson fire truck. It also can pump 1,500 gallons of water a minute.

It once took 29 minutes for a house to reach flashover, said Captain Rob Greif, the public information officer. With all the new flammable materials used in construction and furnishings of homes, it now takes only three minutes. That’s why it’s important to deliver a lot of water as quickly as possible to a fire.

The bins on the side of the truck are organized so the right side contains equipment needed for rescue and the left side has what’s needed for fire suppression.

The cab, which holds six firefighers, was designed with their safety in mind. It is equipped with airbags and roll-over protection.

State-of-the-art emergency lighting will help clear traffic out of the way when the truck is responding to emergencies.

The blessing of the truck was given by the Rev. David Dissen, chaplain of the Cape Girardeau police and fire departments (Jackson’s chaplain was unavailable). Dissen is retired from Trinity Lutheran Church. During the blessing, he asked the firefighters, who were lined up beside the truck, to place their hands on the vehicle.

Once the truck was blessed, it was hosed down by a firefighter and everyone had a chance to wipe down the truck with commemorative red towels provided by the fire department.

The truck was then pushed into the fire station by firefighters and officially placed into service.

This truck will not stay at Station 1. It will be used as the first responding truck out of Station 2. A 1977 fire engine was retired and a 1998 fire truck was moved into reserve, Mouser said.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at

You May Also Like

City News

A 26-year-old Mississippi man was disarmed, arrested and charged with murder following an early morning shooting spree on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the Town...

City News

A 58-year-old Jackson man drowned after going into Jackson City Park’s Rotary Lake during the July 4th firework show Sunday night. The man’s body...

City News

Americans frustrated by the policies of the current administration in Washington have let their feelings be known in large sporting venues across the country...


Former Jackson High School athletes will soon be honored in a new hall of fame program approved by the Jackson R-2 School Board during...