The Newton Fire Department will be down one fire engine while it is being repaired after damage sustained in a December accident.
Newton Fire Chief Jarrod Wellik said Engine 1 was responding to an ambulance rollover accident on Interstate 80 Dec. 3. The driver went to turn the truck around when it began to slide on the ice causing it to spin and collide with the cable barriers. No one onboard Engine 1 was hurt in the incident.
Fortunately for the NFD, most of the damage sustained was cosmetic and did not disable the truck. The estimated cost of the damage was $50,000.
“Looking at the truck, just standing looking at it, you couldn’t see it. It was all scratches and places where it had torn up the sides. If you had looked at a picture of the truck, you wouldn’t have even known anything was wrong with it,” Wellik said.
He said the NFD was still able to use the truck until they took it to the repair shop in late March. Pierce Refurbishment Center, Inc. in Weyauwega, Wis., is handling the repairs.
“I was amazed. There were a lot of trucks in there. They said this winter was really good for their business with the amount of snow and ice and cold weather everyone,” Wellik said.
Pierce Refurbishment Center estimated the repairs would be completed in mid-May.
Engine 1 has been in service at the NFD since 2016. During the downtime, Engine 2 will fill the role of the NFD’s first engine and Tanker 1 will serve as a backup engine.
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