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Pinckneyville (IL) Purchases Fire Apparatus

The Pinckneyville Fire Department will start the new year by rolling out a new addition to its fleet of trucks.

After years of toting equipment around on multiple trucks, the fire department has purchased an equipment truck that will enable the department to keep all its extricating and rescue equipment on one truck.

Having equipment on three different trucks can be more than an inconvenience. It can pose a hindrance to rescue efforts if the department is forced to deal with multiple calls at the same time and transfer equipment from various trucks.

The $149,990 Ford F550 demo rescue truck was built by Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation in Newsquehon-ing, Penn. and purchased from Mac’s Fire and Safety Equipment Company in Litchfield.

A rescue truck had been on the department’s wish list for several years.

On Nov. 12, the Pinckneyville City Council unanimously approved the purchase of the truck.

While part of the funding will be from the 2 percent fire tax fund, most of the money will come out of the city’s general fund, according to Pinckneyville Mayor August Kellerman.

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