Lafayette Fire Department unveils new fire and rescue unit

The truck replaces the department's old fire and rescue unit, which has been in service for 18 years.

Posted: Aug 30, 2018 5:26 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A new fire and rescue truck will now be taking calls throughout Lafayette. Lafayette Fire Department revealed their brand new unit today.

The truck replaces their old fire and rescue unit, which has been in service for 18 years. The new unit is designated does not carry any water. It will be used specifically for rescue operations.

Some of the equipment includes scuba gear, hazmat suits, and multiple vehicle extraction tools. A lot of this new equipment could not fit into the old truck. As a result, Lafayette Fire Department Chief Richard Doyle thought it was time for an upgrade. "Some of the stuff that we didn't carry we did carry on the 2000 Marian, but it was over packed. That's really why a truck that looks like this today," said Doyle.

Chief Richard Doyle also hopes the new unit will continue to provide a quality of excellence. "We're always striving to produce the best service for our communities as we can. It takes time, effort, funding and we're blessed to be in the city of Lafayette," he added.

The new unit's price tag was $830,000 fully equipped.

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