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By Erin Smith
The members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new fire engine. Fire Chief Nick West said on Monday that the new truck is expected to arrive sometime in April.
The engine is currently in construction in Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania and is scheduled to be delivered in late April,” said West.  
The truck is constructed of an aluminum body and will be all handmade.
Why asked why aluminum, West said, “Aluminum is lighter.” He explained that when you factor in the weight of 1,000 gallons of water plus all of the gear, this makes the truck’s total weight (gear plus the truck body)  lighter.
He also said the truck will have rescue capabilities as well as “scene lighting.” West said the truck will also have a  450 horsepower engine, carry 1000 gallons of water and pump 1500 gallons per minute. West added the color scheme for the truck will be unique in that it will feature a metal gray over red.
“It will be unique to the area. Once it is placed into service, we’ll have a dedication ceremony,” said West.