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Sidney Fire Department receives tanker

Friday, February 24, 2012

Briley and Jonah Finster pose Feb. 19 in front of Sidney Fire Department's new tanker truck the department received through the Rural Fire Protection Division of the Arkansas State Forestry Commission.
Sidney Fire Chief Bart Schulz welcomed a new addition to the department's fleet, a huge truck obtained through the Rural Fire Protection Division of the Forestry Commission to use as a tanker to haul water.

Schulz said the truck is a military surplus vehicle that has been completely revamped. The truck was sent to a fabrication shop at Cummins Prison, where inmates did all the body work, painting and metal fabrication from the cab back to make it suitable as a tanker.

Schulz said the Forestry Commission serviced the truck, and the department will pay for such items as hoses for the engine. The department's cost is for fabrication and paint.

"It is just a miniscule amount of what one could cost new," Schulz said.

Schulz said the 2,000-gallon vehicle is now ready for use by the department as a tanker truck.

Schulz said he hopes the new equipment will help lower the city's ISO rating, which sets fire insurance rates for property owners.

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