(02/14/2001)
By Bob Weaver

The Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department will be getting their first new truck since they organized in 1984. The American Eagle Ford F750 with a 1250 gallon-per-minute top mount pump is expected to arrive around March 1, according to Fire Chief Bill Jones. The apparatus will carry 1000 gallon of water in a polypropylene tank.

Jones said a down payment has been made on the $105,800 truck and then it is an annual payment plan. "We are getting it stripped," he said. "Hopefully we'll be able to raise funds to put some new equipment on it."

Fire Chief Bill Jones shows picture of new truck

The need to upgrade the department's two old water tankers is of concern to Jones. "One is an old 1978 gasoline tanker and the other is an oil truck from 1985," he said. Jones said having water available is serious business to a rural fire department.

During Monday evenings regular meeting, firemen were busy pulling equipment checks and doing maintenance, while others were attending an in-service for "First Responders."


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