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Published September 17, 2012, 09:25 PM

Mayville fire department in need of new trucks

Mayville, ND (WDAY TV) - They're the vehicles that can save your home, and your life during a devastating blaze.

Mayville, ND (WDAY TV) - They're the vehicles that can save your home, and your life during a devastating blaze.

But like your car, fire trucks get old and need replacing too. A job easier said than done in the small North Dakota town of Mayville.

Imagine trying to operate an entire fire department on a measly $12,500 a year.

Now, figure out how to buy a very needed new fire engine expected to cost more than $220,000.

That's the problem facing the all-volunteer Mayville fire department and now they're asking for your help.

Chief Lee Brenna, Mayville Fire Chief: “Everything is getting real expensive nowadays and tax dollars are what we usually use to buy all our stuff and tax dollars only go so far.”

The problem starts right here. This 1962 Chevy Pumper truck is on its last leg. In fact, as Mayville Fire Chief Lee Brenna prepared to show us the oldest of the four operational trucks in the fleet, it took him 15-minutes to get the truck started. Not a good sign for an emergency vehicle.

Brenna: “This was a good truck in its day but it's definitely time. You can only make this old stuff go so long.”

In fact, only one of the four engines at the Mayville Fire Department passed certification. While it's in the process of fixing the problems, Chief Brenna says it's just one more example of why a new truck is needed.

And the department knows the effort it will take. It took seven years to raise the $140,000 necessary to buy its one and only rescue truck which just showed up and is expected to be in the field within a couple weeks.

Brenna: “And that's all been fundraised, donated money. No tax dollars in the truck.”

And so the department took out this half-page ad in the Forum. Ready to embark on its next monumental fundraising effort, so it can provide the best response possible.

Brenna: “What would you rather have respond to your house, a 1962 or a 2013?”

The Department will be hosting a free will offering breakfast this Saturday from 6 until 10 a.m.

If you'd like to help, all donations can be directed to the Mayville Fire Department.