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New vehicle lights up Lindsay Fire Dept.

New vehicle lights up Lindsay Fire Dept.

For the first time ever, Lindsay has a shiny new fire safety vehicle parked in the bay of the Department of Public Safety.

The fire rescue vehicle is a 2013 Dodge Ram 4500 heavy duty truck It arrived last month but will not be fully outfitted for duty until later this year.

The rescue vehicle will be equipped with medical bags, Jaws of Life hydraulic cutters and other life saving equipment. The vehicle will fill a need for responding to medical aides – such as heart attacks, serious falls, third degree burns, etc. – which make up about 90% of all calls for service to fire departments in Tulare County.

The light engine was purchased for $85,000 by the Lindsay Hospital District, overseen by a board of directors to donate to health and wellness projects within the boundaries of the special tax district formed for the old Lindsay Hospital. The district also paid for a $10,000 Jaws of Life, hydraulic scissors used to cut through cars to pull out people trapped in their vehicles following accidents.

The rescue vehicle is much smaller than the water pumpers and fire truck the City currently owns, making it more maneuverable through tight alleways, busy streets and crowded pedestrian areas.

The 2013 Dodge is the first new rescue vehicle, including fire apparatus, in the department’s history, according to the records they could find.

Currently the Lindsay Fire Department is keeping old vehicles running that were used when the City bought them at least 10 years ago. Those vehicles include a 1993 International small pumper, a 2000 American LaFrance large pumper and 1984 American LaFrance ladder truck.

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