Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Sept. 11 newspaper on Page A1.
COALTON — A huge announcement came out of the Village of Coalton over the weekend that involved the fire department and its fleet.
Coalton Assistant Fire Chief Johnny Baker unveiled during the annual Coalton Volunteer Firemen Inc. Fish Fry on Saturday, Sept. 14 that the fire department would be receiving three brand new fire trucks that will replace their current aging fleet.
“The first truck will be here by the end of November of 2019, and will be a 2,000-gallon pumper tanker capable of carrying three individuals,” stated Baker. “The second truck will be here by September 2020 and will be a 1,200-gallon pumper capable of carrying five individuals.”
Baker continued, “The third truck will be here by the end of 2020 and be a 500-gallon rescue pumper capable of carrying five individuals.”
Local business owner, Tony Johnson of Johnson’s Emergency Vehicle Solutions, helped the fire department design each of the new fire trucks. The trucks are coming from Spartan Motors.
Baker also explained the fire trucks are being leased to own. He said they put some money upfront and will pay off the remaining balance over the next seven years.
“These trucks are made possible by the continued support at our fundraisers such as our fish fry and bingos and are not funded by tax dollars,” stated Baker. “This wouldn’t be possible without the communities continued support and the hard work and dedication by our firefighters.”
The three new trucks will replace the department’s current aging fleet of trucks, which is made up of vehicles from 1986, 1998, and 2002.
Coalton Fire Chief Chris Brown stated that he is proud of Johnny’s hard work, and he is excited about the new trucks. Coalton Mayor Kim Milliken added that she was happy for the firefighters and proud of their dedication.