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New aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle for Monroe Airport

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The newest member of the Monroe Regional Airport's Fire Department made its debut Wednesday. The "Striker 3000" has state of the art equipment that gives the airport a boost in safety.

"It's a larger truck that can do a number of things that our other trucks can not do." Said Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo.

The S-1 doubles the firefighting capabilities of the airport fire department. Holding a whopping 400 gallons of foam and 3000 gallons of water, this truck has features that you will not find at every airport.

"we went with the 1250 gallon per minute nozzle on the bumper turret and the roof turret they say not many airports do that." Explained Richard Hall of the Monroe Fire Department.

The technology gets even better on the inside with the addition of what is called a "F.L.I.R." - or Forward Looking Infrared camera. This camera gives the fire department the ability to see through walls and smoke to detect heat signatures.

"And we could find people, if somebody was thrown clear of an accident and needing rescue, we could actually locate them by their heat signature in pitch dark." Said Richard Hall.

The mayor says this truck will bring good opportunities to the city.

"What this does, will afford us the opportunity to have those larger aircraft carriers come into Monroe, so that will be huge as well, because they'll be fueling and doing a number of other things that will benefit the city of Monroe.", said Mayor Mayo.

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