Community Helps Applegate (MI) Repurpose Fire Apparatus


With the help of the community, Applegate Fire Department raised enough money to turn a used ambulance into an equipment truck for the department.

The truck cost $8,500 and remodeling it to meet the department’s needs cost $1,000.

“We turned the ambulance into an equipment truck that can carry four people in the back,” said Applegate Fire Chief Jeff Johnston. “We need a new truck because the one we had was from 1991 and had 280,000 miles on it.”

Assistant deputy chief Steve Schneider said the department couldn’t have done it without the support of the community.

“The fire department is a needed asset in our community because they can get to situations faster than an outside source can,” said Linda Kandell, who lives and works in Applegate.”But it’s not just Applegate who cares about the fire department. It’s the neighboring communities who come to the pancake breakfasts and showed support as well because the department provides services to surrounding areas.”

While Applegate is barely over one square mile, the department covers 42 square miles, including parts of Washington, Lexington, Buel and Sanilac townships.

Johnston said the used truck came with 53,000 miles on it. The department typically puts 3,000 miles on each truck per year.

“We are very thankful for the community,” Johnston said. “Over 600 people came out to the pancake breakfasts.”

The next pancake breakfast will be 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Applegate Fire Department, 2457 Sherman, Applegate. There is no set cost to attend, any donation amount accepted.

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