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Almond volunteer firefighters asking for help

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ALMOND (WAOW) -

The tiny town of Almond needs thousands of dollars to replace an aging ambulance.

The truck currently only hauls medical equipment, but Almond volunteer firefighters say it keeps breaking down.

Now the department is trying to raise the money needed for a new one.

"We need help," said firefighter Carol Smith.

That gear includes oxygen tanks, heart defibrillators, even the jaws of life, but there's one problem, the truck keeps breaking down.

"As much as we do the regular maintenance on it, it's still getting up in years and we need something to be more reliable," added Smith.

Smith, along with Dan Folan, have been with the department for more than 30 years. Both agree that it's time for their current vehicle to go.

"It's getting harder to find parts, we've had fuel pump issues and we've even had it vapor lock once this summer," said Folan, Chief of the Almond Fire Department.

Folan adds that the department already has a newer truck picked out.

"We're currently looking at another one, a 97', it's only got 50,000 miles one it and it's a diesel, very clean but we got to come up with the money," added Folan.

Firefighters say the village board gave them permission to sell the old truck and use the money to buy a new one, but most of the money has to come from the annual dinner fundraiser and raffle.

"We do about 340 meals, it's got sweet corn, nice thick pork chops, chicken, baked beans and coleslaw all for eight bucks," Folan said.

Folan added that the department needs to raise close to $15,000 to get the new truck.

The dinner and raffle is set to take place September 8th at the Almond Legion Hall from 11-2 p.m.

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