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Palmer displays new fire vehicle

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Mark Varsel
Ellis County Press
PALMER - Palmer Fire Chief Rick McElhaney and Assistant Fire Chief Lloyd Higdon proudly display the department's newest fire vehicle.

The Ford E-450 Super Duty Pick-Up was acquired with Fire District #9 funds.

Those funds are assessed annually, as part of the district property taxes, against the appraised value of property in the district.

Approximately $32,000 in fire district funds were used to purchase the vehicle chassis.

Higdon said to save money, the gear box was transferred from a retired vehicle and refurbished by the fire crew.

The Fire and Rescue truck is used as a 'first responder,' responding with East Texas Medical Center EMS ambulance units.

The truck will be used to carry back boards, vent fans, air bags and the 'jaws of life.'

Eventually, the truck will be outfitted with a skid allowing it to carry additional water to fire scenes.

According to Chief McElhaney, 'With the proper care we can expect to see at least 10 years of useful service out of this vehicle.

'The vehicle it replaced was originally purchased in the seventies.'

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