EGF, 7 townships to share cost of new fire and rescue engine
Pat Sweeney | Aug 25, 2017 AT 2:46 pm
East Grand Forks and seven area townships will benefit from a new combination fire and rescue engine approved last week by the East Grand Forks city council.
The city and the townships are sharing the cost of a half-million dollar engine that should be ready in about a year.
East Grand Forks fire chief Gary Larson says the contract could be finalized Friday.
"This truck is being built so that...we can take one vehicle to calls instead of running a rescue (vehicle) and an engine, so I think in the long run, it fits the direction that our service is going for both city and rural," Larson said.
Larson says, in the past, the city and the townships had separate fire equipment. He says the new engine will be more cost-effective.
"People are pretty happy with the joint purchase. It saves a little money, and firefighters are happy. We're really kind of excited about making everything smoother"
Larson says one
city fire engine and one rural fire engine will be retired when the new engine