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FEMA grant funds new Raymond fire tanker

A FEMA grant will allow the Raymond fire department to buy an upgraded fire truck next year. (WGME)

RAYMOND (WGME) -- A FEMA grant will allow the Raymond fire department to buy an upgraded fire truck next year.

The fire truck being replaced is almost 30 years old, and originally was a tractor trailer.

Raymond fire officials say the new truck will actually be a tanker, which helps them carry large amounts of water to more rural areas of Maine.

Officials say this replacement was much needed because the older truck has more than 400,000 miles and isn't the easiest to use.

"This is very exciting,” says Deputy Chief Cathy Gosselin. “We had budgeted to replace it in a few years, but this allows us to replace it now when it really needs it. It's a hard truck to drive. It's very hard for inexperienced drivers, so there's few people that can actually drive it, so it's going to make it much safer."

Officials say the truck will also be a lot larger than the old one, so they will be able to bring more water to fires.

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