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Sevierville Fire Department dedicates new fire engine

12:44 AM, Nov 10, 2012   |    comments
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The Sevierville Fire Department dedicated its new fire engine on Friday.

The department held a traditional housing ceremony at the main fire station where they pushed-in the new engine.

The engine cost $550,000, and $390,000 was paid through donations in memory of Grace and Winfred Smelcer, who were long-time supporters of the department.

The engine truck has state-of-the-art electronics and design. It will be the new primary engine when answering calls.

"It means a whole lot to add a new piece of equipment to the department for serving the community. Having an updated piece of equipment means so much because without it we can't serve the community, respond effectively and do our jobs," said Firefighter Britt Turner.

The department dedicated the new engine in memory of their former chief, Mike Rawlings, who passed away last December. They say getting this new engine was one of the last projects he worked on.

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