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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

September 17, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Valdosta Fire Department has rolled out it's new ride and it's the only one like it in the state.

They just received their Georgia Search and Rescue Truck.

It stands 53 feet long.

Don't confuse it with a regular fire truck.

The truck cost one point $1.1 million because it's full of state-of-the-art equipment to help in a number of search and rescue scenarios. 

"A traditional fire truck carries water, a pump and puts out fire. This carries equipment specific to technical rescue, structural collapse, high angle rope rescue, trench cave ins, confined spaces," says Capt Ken Gallagher with the Valdosta Fire Department.

The Valdosta Fire Department is one of nine GEMA appointed search and rescue teams in the state. They are specially trained to answer emergency call throughout our area and the entire state.