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New fire truck, ambulance for Fire District 4

SNOHOMISH — Last month, two new emergency vehicles were pushed in to their respective garages at the Fire District.
Executive Assistant Sharon Wilson was given the duty to “Wet Down” equipment with a garden hose as part of the new equipment ceremony. A blessing on the equipment and personnel who will serve on them was offered by Chaplain Dana Uplinger.
The new fire engine is a 2017 Spartan, built by Spartan Emergency Vehicles in Brandon, South Dakota at a cost of $458,000. This replaces a 1997 engine that is not configured to meet the Fire District’s current needs.
The ambulance is a 2017 Ford built by Braun Ambulance in Chehalis
which cost $170,000. This vehicle is typical to what fire departments are buying for medic service. It replaces a 2009 vehicle. The district found that the heavier diesel truck was too stout for carrying patients who need a smooth ride to the hospital.
Fire Disrict 4 Chief Ron Simmons said the vehicle replacements were planned, and were purchased using money collected over the last six years and deposited in an Equipment Replacement Fund. The Board of Fire Commissioners chose to use a portion each year to plan for future needs. Simmons noted this planning keeps the district from needing to ask the public for special tax levies.


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