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Ashland Fire & Rescue donates fire engine to sister city

A former reserve engine at Ashland Fire & Rescue is heading to Mexico.

The agency reported they will donate engine No. 8811 to the fire department in Guanajuato, Ashland's sister city since 1969. The engine is set to hit the road today after a 10 a.m. ceremony at Ashland's No. 2 station.

Guanajuato city manager and fire chief Daniel Barrera and firefighter Juan Eduardo Luna will receive the retired engine. It is a 1990 fire engine designed for fighting structure fires. It has a water capacity of 500 gallons, a 445-horsepower engine and weighs 30,000 pounds, AFR reported.

It isn't the first time AFR has donated vehicles to the sister city, either. Other engine and ambulance vehicles have been donated before.