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Athens fire crews test new tank-equipped ATV

The vehicle can assist in fire or rescue situations. (Source: WAFF) The vehicle can assist in fire or rescue situations. (Source: WAFF)
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

Athens Fire & Rescue crews will now be able to respond to emergencies in remote areas much easier than before, thanks to their new all-terrain vehicle.

The truck comes with a 75-gallon water tank and pump. They put it into action Thursday, testing hookups and water pressure.

"Right now, we've got 70 gallons of water on it for fighting small brush fires around the railroad or the trails, or back off in fields where we can't get a heavy vehicle," explained Athens Fire Chief Tony Kirk.

Fire officials said the new vehicle will be perfect the next time there is a severe weather outbreak that blocks roads, or when they have to rescue lost hikers in the woods.

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