Boone County Fire Protection District gets equipment upgrade

8 months 3 days 12 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 7:04:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
By: Felesha Lee, KOMU 8 News Reporter

COLUMBIA- The Boone County Fire Protection District got an upgrade on Friday.

It showed off 10 of its shiny new trucks, purchased with $5.35 million of the $14 million bond issue which passed in April 2014.

Assistant Chief Josh Creamer says, "We wanted this to be an event for the community so that they can see what the and the money was used for."

The new trucks have allowed Boone County Fire to replace older trucks, some of which are 30 years old. The new trucks will be distributed to 12 fire stations throughout Boone County.

Firefighters are being trained to use the new equipment while the trucks are being outfitted with basic tools like hoses, nozzles, and radios. The trucks will also feature compressed air foam systems (CAFS), which will help firefighters more effectively fight fires in rural areas.

"We've been able to incorporate some new technologies, some new safety features that will be of great benefit to the local citizens of the community when these trucks go in service," Creamer said.

Other money from the bond issue is being used for facility upgrades and equipment. The total budget for facility upgrades is $6.85 million. The equipment budget is $1.5 million, which included portable radios and self-contained breathing apparatus.

The department expects to receive six more trucks by October. 

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