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The Amity Fire Department will borrow money to purchase a new truck that will help firefighters respond more quickly to accidents on the interstate and get to fires in fields or off the road more easily.

The new vehicle will cost up to $175,000 to buy and equip. The fire district will take out a loan that will be paid back with property taxes, so tax rates could increase next year, Fire Chief Jackie Brockman said.

The fire district is researching interest rates and loan terms, which will affect how much is paid each year and for how long, fire district President James Ray said.

The new truck will be smaller than other engines and will have four-wheel-drive to allow it drive into farm fields or maneuver down gravel driveways more easily, Brockman said. The smaller size also will allow the vehicle to drive on the shoulder or in the median around traffic that may be backed up on Interstate 65 after an accident, he said.

The new truck will be the department’s sixth vehicle, Brockman said.

Both the county commissioners and county council approved the purchase this week.

The council will review the fire district’s overall spending for next year, including the new debt, during budget hearings this fall.

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