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September 9, 2013

Waco fire department receives refurbished tanker truck

WACO — After three years of fundraising, the Waco Volunteer Fire Department has received its refurbished tanker truck.

The truck was rusted and there were safety concerns, according to Assistant Chief Jason Rawlins.

The refurbishment cost $63,000, which covered the cost of a new tank and body.

Most of the money for the truck was received through donations, bingo fundraisers, the Father’s Day Truck and Tractor Pull, and Madison County Fiscal Court, Rawlins said.

The Waco Volunteer Fire Department averages 120 emergency runs a year, and the firefighters respond to a variety of incidents including vehicle, structure and grass fires. They also respond to hazardous material spills.

The volunteer firefighters are held to the same standard as professional firefighters, and they must go through the same training, according to Rawlins.

“We just don’t get a paycheck for our services,” Rawlins said.

The fire department has its bingo night every Saturday at Jackpot Charity Bingo, 3183 Irvine Road (KY 52). The doors open at 5 p.m. and the games start at 7 p.m.

Donations, in the form of money orders or checks, can be mailed to the Waco Volunteer Fire Depart-ment, PO Box 190, Waco, KY 40385.

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