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Saint Robert firefighters to show off new fire engine Monday evening
SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (April 30, 2010) — Aldermen in St. Robert will see their new fire truck following Monday evening’s city council meeting, according to Lt. Felton Shoemaker, public information officer for the department.

The new 2010 Freightliner fire engine cost more than $200,000 and was custom-built for the city by the Firemaster company in Springfield, Shoemaker said. In addition to having the standard equipment needed to fight fires, it can function without a separate tanker for blazes that don’t require much water since it carries a thousand-gallon tank.

The new engine is an addition to the city’s fleet and won’t be replacing any of the existing apparatus, Shoemaker said.

Following the council meeting, firefighters will get some heavy exercise, he said.

“We have a little tradition in the firehouse that we push the truck into the bay; we put it in neutral, take the brakes off, and say, ‘Push!’” Shoemaker said. “We are probably talking at least 8 to 10 guys to push it into the the bay.”

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