The City of Battle Creek’s Fire Department is welcoming a new engine into service, and the public is invited to the ceremonies this weekend.

The city says that on Saturday, April 29, the event will be from 1-4pm at Fire Station #3 on Cliff St, with a traditional ceremony bringing the new Rescue 3 into service at 2pm. The public will be able to get up close to the historic station and to the fire engine, which will serve the citizens of the Post Franklin Neighborhood.

In January 2016, the BCFD lost an engine to service after it rolled onto its side in icy conditions while responding to a call. Fire Chief David Schmaltz told the Richard Piet Show in January of 2017 that the cost of a fire engine runs in the neighborhood of $1 million, depending on the level of custom extras the department chooses.

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