The Richardsville Volunteer Fire Department is breaking in a new fire engine recently put into service at Station 1 in Richardsville.
The truck is designed to serve as both a rescue truck and fire engine, said Joe Harbin, deputy chief of the fire department.
The new fire engine was purchased in conjunction with Richardsville Volunteer Fire Department efforts to expand the number of fire stations it has throughout the district and improve its rating from the Insurance Services Office, he said. Residents within 5 miles of a station typically see a reduction in home insurance premiums. Lower ISO ratings can also save homeowners money on premiums.
The new engine cost $306,000, and the department installed another $75,000 worth of equipment on it, he said. That new equipment includes the Jaws of Life, used to cut metal to remove people trapped in vehicles. The engine arrived in January but was not put into service until May because of the time it took to add equipment.
Harbin said the population in the Richardsville fire district is growing, and with it the number of calls received by the fire department.
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