Greenville Fire/Rescue (GFR) announced today on its Facebook page it will receive another East Carolina University inspired purple and gold fire engine at the beginning of August as part of Greenville’s vehicle replacement plan.
The City of Greenville sets aside a certain amount of money per year in anticipation for the replacement of emergency vehicles, according to GFR Chief Eric Griffin. He said typically fire engines and trucks last 10 to 15 years, but some will last longer than others. In preparation for that GFR will have a truck ready for replacement and put the old truck on reserve.
“We are especially proud of the long term collaboration that continues between the city and East Carolina University,” Griffin said in the Facebook announcement.
The @GreenvilleFR is excited to announce that it will be getting a new purple & gold fire engine during the first week of August as a part of the City's vehicle replacement plan. It will replace the current purple & gold fire engine, which will become part of the reserve fleet. pic.twitter.com/Rpbnh9gSki— Greenville Fire/Rescue (@GreenvilleFR) July 23, 2020
The current purple and gold fire truck engine will become a part of the reserve fleet, used only when needed. Griffin said the partnership between ECU and the City of Greenville has resulted in a well designed first response system that represents the community well.
The original purple and gold fire engine was first introduced to the department in 2006, according to Griffin.