Lexington Fire's new truck designed to help in multiple specialty rescues

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington Fire Department is showing off its newest piece of equipment.

Rescue One is one of the department's newest fire trucks. The new vehicle features multiple specialties such as confined space rescues, trench collapses, and high angle rescues. The specializations lead to a complicated design that took over two years to finalize.

"The vehicle does so much. It's a giant toolbox, and it's not just so much the tools and equipment that the truck carries, it's the people that use it. So, the outside of the truck is the best real estate; it's the quickest access, easiest access usually," Lieutenant Mark Isaacs described.

For this new truck to be most effective, the men and women who use it will also have specialty training.

Fire Chief Kristen Chilton said, "These people go a lot of extra schooling and a lot of extra training. They train weekly, monthly, and all of those extra levels of certifications to be qualified to serve on this aspirates."

The new and improved truck cost the city just over $800,000, but Mayor Jim Gray says these investments in our fire department make it one of the best in the nation.

"We're one of the safest cities in the country because we have the kind of people that are dedicated to their work and then we give them the equipment and resources to do their job," Gray said.

Rescue One will replace the original rescue truck for the Lexington Fire Department, which the department commissioned back in 2009.

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