- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WARWICK, Mass. (AP) - The oldest fire truck still in service in Massachusetts will soon be retired.

Warwick Fire Chief Ron Gates says he plans to retire his department’s 1957 Dodge truck now that the town has purchased a 1989 fire engine from a neighboring community.

Gates tells The Recorder (https://bit.ly/29Om9uz ) of Greenfield that the old truck has never failed to get the job done and still works well, but it’s too old and too small. He says it only pumps 700 gallons of water per minute and seats two, while newer vehicles can pump more than twice that and seat five.

Warwick, a town of about 800 residents 80 miles west of Boston, has three other fire vehicles, all more than 20 years old.

The 1957 truck will be kept for use in parades.

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Information from: The (Greenfield, Mass.) Recorder, https://www.recorder.com

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