High Water Rescue 5

High Water Rescue 5

All three fire departments within the Town of Darien operate a High Water Rescue Truck, which is kept at the town garage. This vehicle originally was purchased for the Darien Fire Department in 1964 as a Civil Defense Unit. It carried various rescue tools and responded many times to Interstate 95. The civil defense truck was retired in 1980.

Four years later the truck returned to service with a 1500 gallon tank and became Tanker 5. The cost of the conversion was $30,000 which saved the town a significant amount of money, considering a new tanker would have cost approximately $100,000 at that time. This truck was used as a tanker for about twelve years until it was replaced with a 1996 Mack MR. Soon after, the International Amthor was again modified; this time the 1500 gallon tank was removed and a military style frame was built. This truck now serves as a type of emergency evacuation unit for the residents of the town. Since Long Island Sound boarders Darien to its south, many areas of the town are susceptible to flooding.