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Roanoke Fire Department adds on new trucks

Roanoke Fire Department was in need of new fire trucks and thanks to the community and Saint Joe Township, that's a reality now.

Posted: Mar 9, 2019 8:51 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2019 8:40 AM

ROANOKE, Ind. (WFFT) - Roanoke Fire Department has a brand new truck they unveiled Saturday morning during a ceremony.

They'll have five total. They had to retire the one before this one which didn't really hold everything they needed.

"The truck it's replacing is a 96. The problem is we run a lot of extrication calls along 24, accidents, and we don't have enough room for our equipment. The last truck that we built which was a 2004, that's our newest truck we have now which will go into second out service is just not big enough," Roanoke Fire Chief Brandon Taylor said.

Typically the truck would only hold five firefighters. This new one holds 6 along with everything they need, plus things they didn't have before.

"It's got a light tower on it. It's something we didn't have before. We'd have to set up portable lights while working at night," Taylor explained.

Taylor said the additions to the fire department would not be possible without community support.

"Our town really stepped up to help us get what we needed. it's going to benefit everybody," Taylor added.

They also purchased a ladder truck from St. Joe Township that will be going into service within the next month.

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