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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel John Krebsbach, left, and Rhys Mateo wash one of two new fire engines Monday at the Juneau Fire Station. The identical firetrucks, costing $416,555 each, rolled off the state ferry Columbia on Monday morning. The target date to put the trucks in service is March 1, after personnel have been trained on using the new apparatus and accessory equipment is installed. The new engines will allow the city to get rid of three older trucks. Two of the newer front-line engines will transfer from Juneau fire station and the Glacier fire station to the Douglas and Auke Bay stations, thereby enhancing their fire- fighting capablities. The new engines will be in service at the Juneau station and the Glacier station. "There is a whole new generation in technology in these apparatuses. Everything is computer-controlled. It really enhances the firefighting capability of the individual fire- fighter," Chief Eric Mohrmann said.

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