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Fremont gets 2 new fire trucks

FREMONT, OH (Toledo News Now) -

If you think there's a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle, imagine what a fire truck goes through. After years of using the same equipment, the Fremont Fire Department is getting two new trucks.

One of the fire trucks has already arrived. The second truck is expected at the end of July.

Chief David Foos says the trucks have several added features, which is helpful for the department as it works with fewer firefighters due to budget cuts.

"In this day and age, the more efficiently you can run with good equipment, the easier the strain is on the local budget," said Chief Foos.

One of the additional features is a remote-controlled nozzle. The nozzle is mounted on a 75-foot ladder that gives firefighters a higher reach and more control over where the water is spraying. Firefighters say both features are helpful while battling commercial fires, and an improvement over their previous practice.

"We would (previously) have to assign one individual to that nozzle and manually operate it," said Foos.

The trucks come at a high price. The cost of both engines totals more than $1.6 million. It's an expense the city has spent several years saving for, according to Chief Foos.

Foos says the trucks are a "30-year investment." Each truck will go on the front line for 15 years, then become a backup truck for the next 15 years.

"The first time that piece of equipment is instrumental in saving a life, whether it's one of our firefighters or one of the community members we're charged with keeping safe, in my opinion, it has paid for itself," Foos said.

The new trucks are replacing one of the older fire trucks. Rather than selling it for scrap metal, the fire department is giving the truck to the city to be used for changing light bulbs or hanging objects from the light poles downtown. Firefighters plan to train city workers on how to operate the truck.

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