University City

New fire engine protects Harrisburg

The Harrisburg Fire Department has added a new, state-of-the-art fire truck to its fleet of emergency vehicles.

It is based at Fire Station No. 2, 9645 Rocky River Road.

The new engine is equipped to respond to emergencies, from fires to automobile accidents. It boasts a 2,000-gallon-per-minute pump, extraction tools for vehicular accidents and modern technologies to help firefighters do their challenging and dangerous job more safely and efficiently.

The new truck replaces an older model that had logged more than 100,000 miles.

The town of Harrisburg, in a news release, said the truck is part of a larger initiative to improve public safety services, in response to the community’s rapid residential growth.

Harrisburg, in Cabarrus County, is less than 5 miles from the UNC Charlotte campus and part of the fast-growing University City area.

The Harrisburg Town Council has also approved renovations for Fire Station No. 1, on Morehead Road, and construction of a new fire station on Pharr Mill Road to serve the rapidly growing eastern part of Harrisburg. Groundbreaking on the new station is scheduled for March.