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City Unveils Locally Designed Rescue Rig

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Mayor Joe Sinnott and Fire Chief Tony Pol unveiled a new fire and rescue truck Tuesday morning.

Complete with equipment the rig costs $750,000 and is being financed through a city bond.

It is the first new purchase of a rig for the department since 2003.

The vehicle is unique because of its design. The Pennsylvania based KME Corporation sat down with a local committee to go over the needs for local firefighters given the nature of the weather and the emergencies answered here.

The result is an ergonomically designed vehicle aimed not only at helping victims but keeping responders safe too. To that end hose beds are lower, the cab comes with state-of-the-art computer and noise suppression equipment. Other changes allow for ease of access for hose parts, axes, tanks and other equipment.

"It's designed for firefighter safety," Chief Pol told us. "Ease of access, working smarter instead of harder."

It will still take several weeks for radio and other gear to be installed and the firefighters to be trained. It will be stationed at 9th and East Avenue and eventually replace a rig 26 years old.

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