NEW MARKET, Md—After more than three decades the New Market District Volunteer Fire Department is getting a new truck.
Engine 152 will be particularly small and maneuverable, making it better suited to maneuver through the area’s newer neighborhoods and respond to fire calls farther from the road, according to Christopher Moe, deputy chief of the New Market District Volunteer Fire Co.
The truck carries 750 gallons of water and seats six firefighters. The new engine was purchased to replace a larger, aging engine tanker New Market had used for years. That engine tanker was placed out of service about six months ago. After the final inspection is complete, Engine 152 will make its debut at 9 a.m. Sunday.
A committee of fire company members worked with the vendor to build an engine specifically suited to their needs.
“Every engine we had for 31 years was built by somebody that Frederick County has found,” Moe said. “This is the first time in 31 years we had a volunteer-owned and -operated front-line fire engine.”
Using funds raised from bingo nights, community breakfasts and solicited donations, the fire company spent a year researching, finding a vendor and working to build the fire engine, Moe said.
The engine itself cost $471,000, but with added equipment and variations, he said the total cost is at least $525,000. Moe was unsure how much the fire company received in donations.
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