LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Lafayette Fire Department unveiled a $425,000 fire engine Friday, as well as a new logo.
The new truck was unveiled at the corner of Salem and Erie streets. Plans for the new truck have been going on for the past year.
The old fire engine will be placed on reserve and will be used if one of the main engines is unavailable. Chief Richard Doyle says because of the amount of equipment as well as the expense of each new truck, the department tries to replace older equipment on a regular basis.
"What we do is we put them at the busiest stations to start with. About half of their career move them into a slower station. Then they go into a reserve unit after that, so when something has to go into the shop for one reason or another, they go on that piece of equipment so we don't go down in our manpower," says Doyle.
Wabash Township Fire Department also unveiled a new ladder Friday afternoon. The truck came all the way from Louisiana. Assistant Fire Chief Ryan Linder says that firefighters will spend a month of training on the new truck before putting it into action.
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