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The Scotland Neck Fire Department took possession of its new engine this week.

The truck is an E-One with a 1,000-gallon tank.

Chief Debby Hopkins said the engine has a foam system built in along with new air packs and equipment.

“This is going to replace our oldest engine that was a 1993,” she said. “Our members are excited to be able to get what they need to perform their duties and stay safe doing it.”

Hopkins said over the past three years, with help from grants, “We have been able to update a lot of our equipment to meet the changing needs of our community. We have updated our Jaws of Life so that we can cut the newer cars and we are getting a new cutter this year on the grant.” The department has updated its rope equipment and received life vests and helmets due to the increasing flooding from hurricanes and other storms. “We have several members working to become swift water certified along with their firefighter certification,” she said.  “We already have two certified public safety divers on our department. Scotland Neck is working hard to provide the best up-to-date services to the community they live in and surrounding areas.”

Hopkins said, “In this day and time it is hard to find people willing to give up time to train and volunteer in the communities they live. When the pager goes off you never know the situation you will be put in or if you will make it back home to your family. The volunteers put their lives on the line because they believe in the communities they serve and no other reason. So to keep them safe and be able to provide the best quality to the community we are thankful to get this new truck.”