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RC Fire hold a christening ceremony for their new wildland fire truck.
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Ceremony held for new Rapid City Fire Truck

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Fire Department has welcomed a new truck to its Station Three crew by holding a ceremony on Friday.

Fire officials say the new truck is an upgrade to the older model it’s replacing.

The new fire engine was needed to help the department increase their equipment capability and outreach, says Fire Station 3 Captain Ryan Ricke.

“By having something like this Type 3 that’s been upgraded, we have more safety features. We know that we’re working with a pump that’s efficient; we have good tools and other equipment. Having all that keeps us safe and that in turn helps keep the community safe,” Fire Station 3 Lieutenant Tammy Stadel said.

This type 3 engine creates versatility for the station when fighting wildland fires in an urban environment.

Having upgrades like this helps when firefighters are preparing for the wildfire season in the Black Hills.

Christened in water and oil, Engine 331 is now ready for duty, standing by to respond to wildfires.

Engine 331 is designed for both urban and rural firefighting scenarios.

The new truck cost around $363,000 and was manufactured in Michigan.


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