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  • Ashland donating firetruck to sister city crew

  • Ashland is donating a fire engine and rescue equipment to Guanajuato, its sister city in Mexico.
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  • Ashland is donating a fire engine and rescue equipment to Guanajuato, its sister city in Mexico.
    The Ashland City Council approved the donation earlier this week.
    Ashland Fire & Rescue is purchasing two new fire pumper vehicles that will be delivered in May.
    It will donate its used 1991 E-1 fire pumper vehicle to Guanajuato, rather than trading it in to the company that is selling Ashland the two new fire pumpers, according to Ashland Fire Chief John Karns.
    That 1991 vehicle has an estimated value of $7,500.
    A newer 1993 fire pumper valued at approximately $25,000 will be traded in, according to Karns.
    Last year, Ashland received a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant that allowed it to replace rope and rescue equipment that was more than 10 years old.
    Ashland will donate that used equipment to Guanajuato as well.
    Guanajuato's fire department is staffed mainly by volunteers who primarily use donated equipment and vehicles, according to Karns.
    Guanajuato will transport the fire engine and equipment from Ashland to Mexico.
    Ashland has donated fire equipment to Guanajuato in the past, including an ambulance and a small firetruck well-suited to the Mexican city's narrow, historic streets.
    "They keep these vehicles really in excellent shape," said Karns, noting that the vehicles are still in use in Guanajuato.
    Thousands of Ashland and Guanajuato residents have visited each other's cities during the more than 40 years the two towns have been sister cities.
    Reach reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or vlaldous@yahoo.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.
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