PHOTO: Concord Gets New Fire Engine for Clayton Rd. Station

March 29, 2016 10:45 am · 12 comments


The new Engine #8, which will live at station #8 on Clayton Rd. (near Bailey Rd.) in Concord, will be placed into service today, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

ConFire also recently purchased battery operated Jaws of Life tools to help with extrication.


Don’t forget to charge the batteries.

Paul March 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM

why dont we have fire cars?? they would get to fire faster and save the city money on gas

Silva March 29, 2016 at 11:11 AM

I noticed they’ve protected the station with strategically placed boulders in front. Very attractive, and very smart.

concord74 March 29, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Other than wasting money, battery powered heavy eqpt cannot exert as much torque as the hydraulic piston version.
I presume that there is more to the jaws than what is shown in this photo.

Carlos March 29, 2016 at 12:13 PM

How many gallons of water does a “Fire Car” carry?

Paul March 29, 2016 at 12:23 PM

carlos thanks for your interest in fire cars! this fire car can carry about 300 pints of water:

note that this is a smart fire car, its computer optimizes water output to be just as efficient as the much more wasteful fire truck

Mary Fouts March 29, 2016 at 12:26 PM

@concord74 – Thank you for posting. I had similar thoughts, wondering how a jaws of life would work using (presumably) rechargeable batteries. What happens when the jaws of life becomes weak/stops working while in use because batteries lose their charge?

warbirds45 March 29, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Had a cell phone turned into that station. Good Guys…….and at one time a pretty hot female fire fighter!

Dr. Jellyfinger March 29, 2016 at 1:28 PM

“Jaws of Life” Coooool….. I’m going to get one of those.

Cautiously Informed March 29, 2016 at 2:41 PM

What happens when the battery runs down? They change to fully recharged one! Its not that hard to figure out, and it’s not rocket science, Mary.

Jo Ann H March 29, 2016 at 3:02 PM

This is great to have a new fire engine & tools to save people in our neighborhood fire station 8. They have helped the community so much & the fire fighters are doing a great job. We need to be prepared for any emergency that might happen.

Kirkwood March 29, 2016 at 4:32 PM

The electric jaws might operate more slowly but could go where it might be problematic for the regular version, such as down an embankment or less accessible areas. Modern lithium-ion batteries and advanced motors can deliver enormous power for their size and weight.

Xed March 30, 2016 at 12:13 AM

Did that person really just suggest a fire car LMAO

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