The first rescue truck purchased by the re department was a used 1965 Dodge van. The van was purchased for $300 in August of 1969. The van would ll the much needed roll of providing rescue services to entrapped individuals. The van was retired in 1972.
'63 Dodge after being retrofitted as a rescue truck, The walk-through door seen in the prior picture was enlarged to a garage door size so that the van would fit into the fire house. The window with the awning was removed and made into a walk-through door.
After fundraising and saving for a new rescue truck since the inception of rescue services, the department purchased a new Dodge van in 1972. This vehicle carried the extrication equipment necessary to assist patients. With the passage of time, the van became cramped and could not adequately meet the needs of the department with the advances and additional weight of rescue equipment. It was sold to Limestone Fire Depart- ment in 1985.
The third vehicle to carry the Rescue 70 number is a 1985 Ford. The box style rescue truck carries extrication and rescue equipment such as an Amkus hydraulic unit. The box is a walk-in style and can serve as a back-up ambulance. This vehicle was manufactured by Marion.
The rescue truck went to a fire department near Goofy Ridge.
After a year of research and planning by the fire department, the board of trustees has approved the purchase of a new rescue truck to be delivered Spring of 2017. The rescue truck will be built on a 2017 Ford F650 chassis and will cost approximately $290,000. The cab is a four-door vehicle that will carry four firefighters. The rescue box is 12’ long.
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