Vehicle smaller than other engines, will have 4-wheel drive, cost up to $175,000

The Amity Fire Department will borrow money to purchase a new truck that will help firefighters respond more quickly to accidents on the interstate and get to fires in fields or off the road more easily.

The new vehicle will cost up to $175,000 to buy and equip. The fire district will take out a loan that will be paid back with property taxes, so tax rates could increase next year, Fire Chief Jackie Brockman said.

The fire district is researching interest rates and loan terms, which will affect how much is paid each year and for how long, fire district President James Ray said.

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