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City adds to firefighting fleet
Wednesday was an important day for retired Brunswick Fire Chief Raymond House.

That's when the city fire department received the latest addition to its fleet, a brand new fire truck to replace old Engine No. 3.

The red and white pumper was custom made for the Brunswick Fire Department.

For House, it's the fruit of his last labor for a department and a city he has served for 50 years.

"The commissioners got to let me order it right before I retired," House said outside Brunswick Fire Station No. 1, on Gloucester Street, as city commissioners and fire staff inspected the new truck.

House and his command staff drew up the specifications for the truck, and when House retired in late June, he lamented not being chief when the department received it.

He was glad to be there when it arrived Wednesday.

"Everything on this is top of the line," he said.

The truck was purchased with funds from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 5 for just over $359,000. It was stocked with a generator, saws, exhaust fans and other firefighting gear for another $258,000, according to Brunswick City Manager Bill Weeks.

Once it is put into service, the new Engine No. 3 will be stationed at Fire Station No. 3 on Fourth Street, but not until all three shifts of Brunswick fire personnel have been fully trained in its operation, according to Brunswick Fire Administrator Deborah McCauley.

The truck it replaces will be renamed Engine No. 5 and will be used as a back-up engine.

House got another surprise Wednesday.

In accordance with a Brunswick fire tradition, the bench outside Station No. 1 was repainted fire engine red and adorned with House's operating number, 154. House's name and number will remain on the bench until the next fire chief retires, McCauley said.

The city is expected to name a new fire chief soon.

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