Members of the Princeton community gathered at the Princeton Fire Department on August 20th for the Dedication Ceremony of a new fire truck.
Chaplain Kenneth Starling opened the ceremony with a prayer following by remarks from Assistant Chief Randy Jones. Scott King who headed the truck committee also spoke briefly.
Fire Chief Ken Starling said the Princeton Fire Department operates on a 5 cents tax rating, the lowest in Johnston County. The department is able to keep the tax rate low due to the help of volunteers and the community.
The ceremony included the ritual of the new fire engine being sprayed off then wiped down by present and past members. It was then pushed into the station by the members. The ceremony was concluded with a prayer.
Afterwards the new engine was officially placed into service providing fire protection to Princeton and the surrounding communities.
The 2018 KME Panther Vista Limited has a 750 gallon tank and is capable of pumping 1500 gallons of water per minute. The truck has a state of the art electrical system, advanced LED lighting, and was paid for when it entered service this month.
It culminated 5 years of budgeting and two years of design, planning and manufacturing.