Washington department says goodbye to beer truck that saved lives for 2 decades

  • Source: The News Tribune
  • Published: 11/09/2018 12:00 AM

Not many people know that Central Pierce Fire & Rescue saves lives with what used to be a beer truck. The vehicle is used as a makeshift rescue rig, carrying equipment for the fire department’s most technical emergency calls, including rescues involving structural collapse, trenches and confined spaces. For almost 20 years, it’s done its job — mostly. Now it’s time for the 1981 International Harvester to make way for a brand new rescue rig, saving the department — and taxpayers — thousands of dollars in maintenance costs. “The new rig will be safer for us getting down the road (and be) easier to maintain,” Lt. Josh Farris said.


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