MAUGANSVILLE - After 12 years of fund raising, the Maugansville Goodwill Fire Department has purchased a new $254,000 rescue squad vehicle that will cut the response time by nine minutes to accidents in which victims must be extricated from automobiles, buildings or machinery, firefighters said.
The rescue squad vehicle is used to carry extrication equipment and up to six passengers to rescue victims, said Maugansville Chief Phil Ridenour.
"We've been saving for this for a long time. We have been able to get it through the hard work of our members and finance committee," Ridenour said.
The company has relied on Hagerstown Fire Department rescue squads to handle most extrication incidents. From Hagerstown, it can take a rescue truck up to 15 minutes to reach some areas of Maugansville, said Ridenour.