More than a year after it was ordered, the Endwell Fire Department has received its custom-made heavy rescue truck.

The $740,000 vehicle will be housed at the department's Station One on Country Club Road.

Fire Chief Joseph Shoemaker said the truck was developed by a committee of about 10 people from the department who worked with representatives of Pierce Manufacturing, which is based in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Shoemaker said a design was developed to accommodate the department's anticipated needs for the next 20 to 25  years.

The order for the 21-ton vehicle was placed about 14 months ago. Voters in the Endwell fire district had previously approved a bond issue to pay for the purchase.

Shoemaker said the new truck will replace an old rescue vehicle that's been in use for decades. The old truck is being sold to a fire department in Kansas. The new vehicle should be placed in service within the next two weeks.

For a close look at the new heavy rescue truck, view this WNBF News photo gallery.

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