It's been a few years in the making and now the Capital City added a new fire engine to its fleet. Despite the money woes the City faces, this mobile lifesaver came as quite the penny saver.
The brand new fire engine worth just over $700,000 didn't cost the City a dime.
Robert Talloni, the Harrisburg City Fire Chief, says the new truck will help continue the department's service. "We pledge to you, superior fire protection and a commitment to excellence. So today, its out with the old and in with the new."
The new fire engine will be added to the fleet to fight fire in Harrisburg. "We have a brand new, 21st Century, very impressive, state of the art vehicle." Said Mayor Linda Thompson.
The truck is stationed at the Mount Pleasant Fire Squad along South 13th Street. It carries state of the art features, including a rescue unit. "They are the busiest squad in and its gonna get a lot of abuse. But it's strong enough to take. It should last us a very long time."
Thompson says this fire engine cost the city virtually nothing. The Dauphin County Commissioners awarded a $335,000 dollar check from its gaming grants and the rest of the funding came from the Harrisburg Volunteer Fireman's relief. "They're always there at our beck and call when we're in need of new equipment."
The new truck will run to almost every emergency and the firefighters have already been trained on how to use it.