492. Christmas comes early in 2010 for New Smyrna Beach with $402,500 fire rescue vehicle, complete with plaque

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Photos for Headline Surfer  / Engine 53 is housed in Station 53 on Industrial Park Road in New Smyrna Beach. The city's largest fire truck was purchased in 2010 cost nearly half a million bucks and includes a plaque on the side with the names of the names of city officials on it led by Mayor Adam Barringer.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Christmas came a few weeks earlier for the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department in 2010 with the arrival of a 2010 Pierce Arrow XT, but the price was pretty steep: $402,500, complete with plaque of city officials affixed to it.

The wallet-lighting purchase comes in at No. 492 in Headline Surfer's fifth anniversary countdown of the top 500 stories.

The firetruck was delivered from Appleton, Wisc., home of the manufacturing company.

And as department personnel waxed and polished the truck on Faulkner Street, New Smyrna Beach Fire chief Dave McAllister looked pleased with the latest addition to the fleet, commenting: “The taxpayers should be happy with this purchase. We’ve replaced two aging trucks with this new one, reducing maintenance costs and eliminating redundancy.”

Of course, McAllister wasn't too excited to talk about the purchase price, adding the purchase was made by the elected officials based on his recommendation as to need.

He said the primary use for the new truck was for rescue purposes and not just fighting fires.

“We have more rescue calls than fire calls,” McAllister said. “But we have all of the firefighting equipment on board as well. We’re adapting to the times and becoming more efficient in how we respond to emergencies. This one new truck allows us to do just that.”

“We have more rescue calls than fire calls,” McAllister said. “But we have all of the firefighting equipment on board as well. We’re adapting to the times and becoming more efficient in how we respond to emergencies. This one new truck allows us to do just that.”

The city commission approved the purchase of the new truck in April. One of the trucks it replaced was an aging 1987 fire engine that was already out of service.

 
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Award-winning Headline Surfer Editor/Publisher Henry Frederick is counting down his ranking of the Top 500 Stories throughout Volusia County, as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of the 24/7 Internet newspaper launched April 7, 2008. 

Recap Top 500 Stories: 

492. Christmas comes early in 2010 for New Smyrna Beach with $402,500 fire rescue vehicle, complete with plaque
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Ormond Bech store robber locator / Headline Surfer493. Convenience store clerk in Ormond Beach draws own knife to scare off knife-wielding robber
Posted Wed, 2013-07-17 02:41
 
494. Former Oak Hill Mayor Donna Jane Bennett dies in 2009, a decade after exiting the political stage
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Lake Mary biker Mike Catchings at Biketoberfest 2011 in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer495. Biketoberfest 2011 in New Smyrna Beach a bust
Posted Mon, 2013-06-17 03:51
 
Topless DeLand woman locator map496. Topless woman holds up DeLand traffic
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Miami Dolphins great and Oak Hill winter resident Larry Csonka / Headline Surfer497. Oak Hill proud of its Super Bowl connection in winter resident Larry Csonka
Posted Wed, 2013-06-05 04:01
 
Stetson University's retired president H. Howard Lee / Headline Surfer498. Stetson University mourns passing of retired President H. Douglas Lee in 2009
Posted Wed, 2013-05-29 07:12
 
Pot washes up on New Smyrna Beach during July 4 weekend 2010 / Headline Surfer499. Kilo of pot washes ashore on New Smyrna Beach on July 4th weekend
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Henry and Sera Frederick / Headline Surfer500. Celebrating 5 years of covering greater Daytona Beach & New Smyrna Beach with 24/7 internet newspaper
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.