Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Service’s new Engine 24 replaces a unit wrecked in an accident last September. CHEROKEE COUNTY FIRE

Cherokee gets new $438K fire engine to replace wrecked unit

Engine 24 of Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services is back in service – actually, a brand-new engine that replaced a former unit totaled in an accident last September.

“The cost of the new engine is $438,590. Our insurance covered approximately 75% of the replacement cost,” said Fire Chief Tim Prather. “We were fortunate that most of the equipment on the former truck was not damaged and is now placed on the new truck.”

Using equipment already on hand saved the department about $100,000, Prather said.

The new Engine 24 arrived at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center on May 13. Firefighters placed emergency response tools and supplies on the apparatus before it returned to service, officials said.

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