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Fire truck donated to Republic of Georgia


DODGE CENTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Dodge Center Fire Department is saying goodbye to an old, but reliable friend.

Located nearly 6,000 miles away in the Georgian Republic, a town called Mtskheta will be the recipient of a 1981 Ford 900 pumper which already has the name of its new town painted on its door.

"In 2008 there was a war between Russia and the Georgian Republic and basically all of their emergency-equipped vehicles were destroyed," says Assistant Chief Jeremy Dostal.

Dostal and Fireman Rick French will be headed around the globe in mid-February to train the firemen there how to use it. Dostal says, "it will be interesting to see their culture and their way of life and how they respond to their emergencies over there."

The replacement vehicle for the pumper has already in use by the department since 2008. 

The two firemen are in need of some help however. Funding is $1,500 per person for the roundtrip for two.  If you would like to help out you can send donations to the Dodge Center Fire Department Relief Association.

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