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Parker purchases new fire truck

PARKER – The Parker fire department has purchased its first full-size fire engine.

In the past, Parker’s fire engines were all slightly smaller than a standard truck so they could fit into the old station on West Park Street, according to Fire Chief Andrew Kelley.

The new station on U.S. 98, which the department has operated out of for the past 3 years, can house the bigger vehicle.

“This is a big deal,” Kelley said. “There’s extra space for our equipment, so we won’t have to bring a second truck.”

The truck’s cab can hold five people, compared to the two people the smaller truck holds. The firefighters’ air packs also are built in the seats, which Kelley said will save time in an emergency.

The truck cost $230,000, making it the most expensive piece of equipment owned by the city Parker. It was paid for using an old $100,000 donation to the department plus the $12,000 in interest it accrued; $70,000 from selling the aging truck; and $38,000 in taxpayers money.
The city will host an open house June 11 for the fire truck, Mayor Rich Musgrave said.

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