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New truck boosts Ada firefighting arsenal

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Ada's new fire truck can carry 1,000 gallons of water. (KTEN) Ada's new fire truck can carry 1,000 gallons of water. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- Ada firefighters say a new piece of equipment will be a big help when answering that next call for help.

It's a new fire engine, and to say its predecessor needed replacing would be an understatement. It had been in service since 1987, when Ronald Reagan was president and "The Cosby Show" topped the TV ratings.

"It was in the reserve status so we rotated it out of the fleet," Fire Chief Rob Johnson said.

The new truck's 1,000-gallon water tank will offer a big boost when battling flames.

"We've been in those situations where you almost have the fire out and you run out of water... you don't have a water supply close," Chief Rob Johnson said. "So that's a big issue for the firefighters is having that available water at hand."

The department was able to buy the new engine thanks to a community block grant and a donation from the Valley View Foundation. It will go into service next week.

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