By Cole Short, Hillsboro Banner
The Hillsboro Fire Department didn’t throw a parade Wednesday, although it took possession of a flashy new rig that’ll be used in one.
The volunteer fire department welcomed a new 2018 Freightliner fire truck to add to its fleet on Wednesday afternoon.
Lyons, S.D.-based Rosenbauer South Dakota, which produces about 700 emergency vehicles a year, manufactured the vehicle.
Fire Chief Jamie Reed said the department has been raising money for more than five years to pay for the new $350,000 fire truck.
“We’ve been waiting for about a year for this so it’s a pretty nice day,” he said.
“It sure looks like after the first walk-around that it’s going to be a nice truck.”
The 2018 Freightliner will replace the city’s current 1992 pumper fire truck.
The department has a backup pumper that dates back to 1971.
Reed said the new truck holds 1,000 gallons of water and can pump 1,250 gallons a minute with high- and low-pressure settings.
The Hillsboro Fire Department has roughly 20 firefighters on its roster but could always use more volunteers, he said.
“We’ll take more guys any day of the week,” Reed said.
“I don’t think there’s a volunteer fire department in North Dakota that isn’t looking for new members.”