$92K fire truck addition ensures all NOFD stations have protection

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From left, firefighters Rick Gander and Ray Clemens and North Okaloosa Fire District commissioner Danny Bowers Jr. admire the fire truck's features.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 05:37 PM.

CRESTVIEW — North Okaloosa Fire District firefighters swarmed over the agency's newest fire truck Wednesday afternoon.

Escorted by Chief Ed Cutler, the class A category pumper glided to the runway bay doors, where about 10 firefighters waited.

As soon as the fire engine was offloaded from the flatbed trailer on which it traveled from Deep South Fire Trucks in Collins, Miss., the men surged forward.

"It's nice. It's real nice," firefighter Ray Clemens said as he opened an equipment hatch. "Camera phones are getting lots of use today."

The truck cost $92,000, district commissioner Craig Shaw said. When new, the truck was valued between $250,000 and $300,000.

NOFD funded a capital account with $50,000 a year over the last two years to pay for it, Shaw said. The account’s balance will help equip the vehicle.

"We've been working hard to save money and we paid cash," Shaw said. "There is no debt."

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