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Township excited about new fire truck
The Franklin Township Fire Department has added to their fleet.
“It’s sharp,” said Capt. Mark Kidd. The fire truck was ordered in December at the cost of $400,000 with an additional $3,675 being spent on upgrades, including the paint scheme.
The new engine is red and black with gold piping, and has a logo commemorating the fire department’s 60th anniversary. This was the first engine the fire department has purchased in the last 10 years.
The delivery of the new engine comes just in time, as the department has to send Engine 192 to Appleton, WI., for repairs. Engine 192 was damaged last month when the driver accidentally backed into a telephone pole.
Trustee Tim Guyton said that in addition to the body damage, Engine 192 has “severe rust” on the underside.
Guyton said the cost of repairs to the 10-year-old engine would be $145,000.
He added that $1,700 – which is included in the overall cost – would be spent to order a back-up camera for the truck.
In related news, the trustees passed a resolution for the fire department to purchase a new medic from Horton Emergency Vehicles. The projected cost of the new medic is $200,000.
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