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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/16/14) — The Madisonville Fire Department presented three new fire trucks to the Madisonville community Tuesday, Jan. 14.

“The city of Madisonville was able to pay for the new trucks,” said Assistant Fire Chief Ray Wyatt. “Over the last few years, the city has worked really hard to financially stabilize themselves where they can afford to pay for the new units.”

Most of the fire equipment came from various grants the fire department applied for.

“A lot of the firefighters equipment on the trucks came from grants,” said Wyatt. “We have about $100,000 worth of equipment alone.”

One of the fire department's prized pieces of equipment is its SKID unit. The unit is a portable fire suppression device that can be mounted on the bed of a fire pick-up truck. The units are designed to slide in and out of the bed and transforms into a highly mobile fire suppression platform. The SKID unit is also used to reach places larger fire trucks can’t reach.

“We have a SKID unit that we can unbolt and bolt into another truck,” said Wyatt. “that equipment is about $21,000 alone. The truck its now mounted on was about $25,000.”

The Madisonville Fire Department serves the city of Madisonville and respond to about 600 emergency calls a year ranging from automobile accidents to residential and commercial structural fires.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News Reporter
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