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Ashland Fire & Rescue gets two new engines

 Posted: 4:00 PM June 30, 2014

Two new fire engines are in the bays of Ashland Fire & Rescue, each weighing in at more than 53,000 pounds and carrying a $1.15 million total price tag.

The engines, units 8801 and 8802, will replace engines that were purchased in the early 1990s. The new units, purchased with dollars from the City of Ashland's equipment fund, will be the first trucks sent to fire calls and are expected to last for 20 years, officials said.

The old engines' reliability had decreased recently, meaning more maintenance and more days out of service.

The vehicles are Type 1 Pierce fire engines. They each carry 750 gallons of water and run on 500 horsepower engines. They respond to fires, vehicle crashes and some medical calls, officials said.

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