Fearing Township fire receives first new squad truck in 25 years

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FEARING TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WTAP) - A Washington County fire department is thanking its residents for helping it buy a new squad truck.

Fearing Township Volunteer Fire Department received its brand ambulance Thursday afternoon. The 2019 model, which cost $141,866, is the department's first new squad since 1992. Their current truck, which was purchased used from Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department in the 2000s, will be retired.

Chief Jeff Lauer said they were able to pay for the new truck in full thanks to years of smart saving and consistent, generous donations from residents and the community.

"We haven't had a loan since 1987," Lauer said. "We've tried to save up for all of our projects. That allows us to use our money a little more wisely."

"We appreciate any donation we get, any support we get, whether it's tax levy, coming and eating at our dinners, or coming and spending money at our socials."

Speaking of socials, the departments annual Ice Cream social, its biggest fundraiser of the year, is set for Saturday June 8 at 4 p.m.