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Fire District adds new engine to fleet

CHESTERTOWN The Chestertown Fire District placed a new 2006 American LaFrance Rescue Pumper in service on Jan. 20. The new engine has a six-man cab allowing room for more responders on the first due engine. The enclosed apparatus also allows for firefighters to be in full gear upon arrival at an emergency. The engine has a 1,500 gallon per minute pump, a pre-mounted deck gun, and a dual tank on board foam system. The new engine also carries a complete set of new extrication equipment to be used at accidents. In November of 2005 the Chestertown Fire District was awarded a grant of $166,250 from the 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This money was used to assist in paying for the new apparatus. Over 60 percent of the cost of the apparatus was funded by this grant. The new engine replaces a 1957 Mack engine that is still in service but is expected to be retired in April of this year marking 50 years of service to the district. For more information about the new engine or about becoming a member of the Chestertown Fire Department, please contact Fire Chief Richard Swan or board of fire commissioners Chairman Robert E. Swan at 494-2662 or 744-8704.

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