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Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 07/27/2007 - 3:15pm.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- There are four new fire engines in New Hanover County. Wrightsboro Volunteer Fire Department is kicking their 1965 model engine 13 to the curb. It's replacement is a 2007 Pierce Dash fire truck. The Wrightsboro Fire Department Chief Alex Stanland said, "It's a good boost for the department, the community and the taxpayers in our community should be proud that they have a truck like this to protect them." What's so special about the new model? For starters it has a husky foam system on the truck. "It basically suppresses the fire, uses less water, foam does an outstanding job," Chief Stanland said. The interior is also a step up from the older model fire trucks. "It has a custom cab on it. It's almost as safe as an automobile. You have your airbags in it now, on the sides and in the front," Stanland said. So what do the firefighters think about the upgrade? Stanland said, "They're tickled to death. It's like a new toy at Christmas." It will be a few weeks though before the truck can be used. The firefighters have to be fully trained on the truck before they can hit the streets and battle blazes. There are four new fire trucks in all. The other three will be stationed at the Federal Point, Ogden and New Hanover County Fire Departments The trucks that are being replaced by the new engines will be sold to the highest bidder and that money will go back into the fire department.

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