National City Fire Truck Christened With FEMA $$

State of the art fire truck give firefighters the edge.

A ceremonial transfer of water from the old to the new christens a new state-of-the-art fire truck in National City.  

Dignitaries, residents, staff and guests attended the ceremony at Fire Station 34 Tuesday. 

Grant money turned the dream of a new fire truck into a reality thanks to local and federal support.  The truck is not cheap-- it costs close to $1 million.  

Agencies from FEMA to the San Diego city council chipped in to raise the money.  

Rod Juniel, National City Fire Department Chief says it gives the station super capabilities compared to what they had before. "We are able to carry more equipment do more technical rescues, maintenance will not be an issue anymore, so it is an advantage for firefighters as well as the community," said Chief Juniel. 

The new truck provides 105-feet in aerial ladder reach.  The old one was just 75-feet, and will now be used as a back-up.

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