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Posted: Oct 18, 2017

North Knox County (TN) Getting Largest Fire Station in County

County leaders broke ground Monday for the new Rural Metro station at the end of the cul-de-sac on Norman Jack Lane, off of Emory Road near Interstate 75. The spot right now it is just a piece of land with overgrown grass and weeds with a couple trees beyond them.

 

Construction on the property should begin Tuesday and be complete in six to eight months, Bagwell said. The $1.3 million structure will have four bay doors and have a ladder truck, pumper truck and a rescue truck.

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Posted: Oct 18, 2017

Delafield (WI) Fire Apparatus Crashes, Injuring Four Firefighters

They do not have a damage estimate on Oct. 17 for the truck, which has since been moved to a storage area, but said that the cost of repairs would be covered by the department's insurance.

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Posted: Oct 18, 2017

Phoenix Fire Department Built Fire Apparatus Out of Scraps

As the busiest station in Phoenix, Station 18 was desperate to spread out the load by adding a third engine. Unfortunately, budget constraints dictated otherwise. So instead of giving up hope, the firefighters of Station 18 turned to the scrap yard of fleet services and got to work. Using the chassis and cab of an old Ford F-350, Station 18 was able to make LA18 (Low Acuity 18). The Frankenstein vehicle has an engine from another unit that was in an accident and a rear box lying around the yard. 

 

In spite of its odd origins, LA18 is fully equipped to handle any medical emergency. Since the resourceful unit has been put into service, Station 18 has seen a 30-second reduction in response time. (If that doesn't seem like a lot of time, go try to keep from breathing for 30 seconds.)

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Posted: Oct 18, 2017

Midland (MI) Buying New Fire Apparatus

The truck has been in service longer than its expected life and would normally have been replaced in 2012 or 2013. The current rig has extensive corrosion and other mechanical problems.

 

The new truck manufactured by the Dublin, Ohio-based Sutphen Company will cost $828, 690. The current truck will be sold through an on line auction. Midland Public Services Director Karen Murphy told Midland’s City Council, Monday night, used fire trucks, have a very minimal resale value.

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Posted: Oct 18, 2017

Bellefontaine (OH) Police Department Dispatcher Killed in Ambulance Crash

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office reports that Krista McDonald, 41, of Ridgeway, was driving an ambulance for the Southeast Hardin Ambulance District southbound on 292 when the squad was struck by a westbound car on 273 operated by Rachael Willeke of Belle Center. Willeke reportedly ran the stop sign.

 

McDonald and fellow EMT Peggy Eastman were ejected from the overturned ambulance.

 

McDonald was pronounced dead at the scene.

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