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Lee firefighters unveil new toy

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

October 14, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Lee County firefighters unveiled what they call their 6-month labor of love.

Lee County commissioners got a first look at the Lee County Fire Department's new brush fire truck Tuesday night. Firefighters built it themselves with the help of the community.

They call the old brush truck an antique. The new one has a remote-controlled nozzle on the front that the Chief says will keep firefighters safe when they confront wildfires.

"With this new truck, it will allow the firefighter to stay in the truck and extinguish the fire from the cab of the truck using the remote controlled nozzle," said Lee Interim Fire Chief James Howell.

The department is already working on a second truck. Each one costs $55,000 and was paid for with sales tax money but by outfitting the trucks themselves, they saved $50,000.

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