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The Fire Department's new tricked out "ambulance" will carry rescue gear, oxygen, Jaws of Life, tools and dive suits. Firefighters put around $4,500 of donated funds into refurbishing the vehicle, which was sold to them by North Memorial Ambulance in Park Rapids. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

New fire truck on the way for Park Rapids Fire Department

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"Out with the old" isn't exactly the Park Rapids Fire Department's mantra these days, but the squad is steadily accumulating younger manpower and newer vehicles.

As the 26-member department ages and more firefighters retire, "we're becoming a younger squad," said Fire Chief Donn Hoffman. "We could have two openings this spring."

The department has just ordered a new custom-built engine, a $379,883 investment. It has all the bells and whistles.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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