According to a report from The Onida Watchman, the Onida (SD) Fire Department (OFD) received its latest truck over the weekend.
The 2004 model year truck replaces a 1982 model the OFD purchased new in 1982 as well as a rescue truck.
OFD Chief Caleb Shepherd said that its previous truck pumped 750 gallons per minute (gpm) and had a 500-gallon tank. The new truck will now be able to pump 1,250 gpms and has a 1,500-gallon tank.
Caleb also said this new truck came to the OFD by way of the Pierre (SD) Fire Department (PFD) through a replacement program. The PFD wanted to give away its truck at the same time the OFD was looking for a new one.
Many of the OFD’s 30 volunteer firefighters (17 of which are emergency medical technicians) who work outside the Onida community.