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Westside Fire continues to upgrade equipment

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By Kristin Beck

Westside Volunteer Fire Department recently replaced a unit in its fleet as it continues to update its equipment.

Chief Clyde Rowlett said the department purchased a 1985 Pierce Arrow fire engine from a dealer out of Indianapolis, Ind., for $16,000 on Feb. 18. It was formerly used by the Washington-Township Fire Department in Indianapolis.

The engine will replace a 1976 Mack engine and will be used for vehicle accidents and as the second piece of equipment out on structure fires, Rowlett said. The new Unit 505 was modified and outfitted with the department’s equipment and was available for use the following day.

“We’re really fortunate to have it,” Rowlett said.

Funds for the purchase came from the community’s fire subscription dues, as well as county and state money given to help maintain the department, he said.

This is the third upgrade the department has made in recent years. In 2006, Westside purchased a 1989 Pierce engine to replace a 1962 International engine, and in 2008, it

purchased a 2008 Freightliner tanker/engine to replace a 1968 International engine.

The department is currently looking to sell its Mack engine, but have not yet received any bids, Rowlett said.