The Clintonville Firemen’s Association has announced their largest contribution ever to the Clintonville Fire Department in the form of a new apparatus. The announcement was made in a press release distributed on Tuesday, March 1.
Rescue 974 is a 2004 F550 with a 10′ Marion Body Works rescue body which has been completely refurbished and outfitted with many of the newest available components currently utilized on new apparatus construction.
The new multi-function unit will allow the Fire Department to safely transport support equipment and personnel to and from various fire and rescue scenarios. Similar to the unit it replaces, it will have the ability to draft and fill tankers from remote water sources; however, the additional equipment storage and features such as traffic direction lighting and rear chevron striping will allow this apparatus to be used in a safer fashion for the firefighters and the traffic coming upon emergency scenes.
The new vehicle, with an estimated value of $50,000, has been 100 percent funded by the Firemen’s Association membership made of present and active past members of the Fire Department.
The Association has made several generous gifts in recent past including an all-terrain rescue and fire suppression vehicle and the department’s first thermal image camera. Without the continued support of the community this gift wouldn’t be possible.
The Association has been raising funds over several years from various events including the annual Firemen’s Festival, ice fishing derby, open house, bagging groceries and serving brats at Econo Foods along with hundreds of labor hours to construct the vehicle in an effort to support this gift to the City.
“The Association would like to especially thank Steinke Auto for donating a new paint finish to the apparatus, Johnson Fire Equipment for donating a heated facility for the vehicle to be refurbished, and Marion Body Works for the donation of labor to mount the body on the chassis,” stated Association President Shane Krueger in the press release.
The new truck will be available to be viewed prior to the Council meeting on Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. The Mayor, Council and Firemen will be taking a picture at that time.
“It’s a very good deal that the firemen were willing to refurbish this truck,” said Mayor Judith I. Magee. “It’s a nice vehicle that they have refurbished and given to us. They did a beautiful job on it.”
“On behalf of the City, I wish to extend a huge thank you to all the firemen who worked hard to make this refurbished truck a reality for the City Fire Department,” said City Administrator Lisa Kuss. “It is a very generous donation that is greatly appreciated.”