Public ceremony slated for new city fire engine

The Columbus Fire Department plans to show off its new fire engine to the public during a dedication ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The event will be at Fire Station 1, 1101 Jackson St. The vehicle purchased by the city for $522,000 will be able to transport up to four firefighters and also has a 550-gallon portable water supply in place.

It is outfitted with firefighting gear, in addition to medical and trauma equipment. The new fire truck will provide fire protection and emergency medical services to the downtown area, according to the city.

The apparatus currently serving Engine 1 was purchased by the city in 2004, but the unit will be relocated to Fire Station 2 and placed in reserve status as a primary backup fire station.