LOCKINGTON — The Lockington Volunteer Fire Association (LVFA) will be celebrating 70 years with a little more cheer, thanks to the purchase of a new fire engine.
The engine, which is a 2016 upper tanker, cost roughly $420,000 and it took Lockington two decades years to save the money for it. Through tax levies and fundraising by the fire department, the goal of replacing their now-40-year-old fire engine has become a reality.
“It’s pretty well to the end of its life span. The next, newer truck is 19 years old … and it’ll be second out for a spare or backup,” Lockington Fire Chief Jon Adams said.
In addition to being a newer model, the new fire engine will be able to haul water to fire scenes.
“This new engine will provide a lot more capability. It’ll be able to haul more water and it should provide excellent firefighting services to the community for a long time.”
According to a press release, the LVFA was established in 1946 with the help of William Forsythe following a fire at the Forsythe Dairy. His business was rebuilt as Zero Locker & Forsythe Ice Cream, run by his daughter, “Tootie,” and her husband, Jr. The couple ran the family business and offered continuous support to the fire department.
With the purchase of a new fire engine and the 70-year anniversary approaching this month, the LVFA will be hosting an open house on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 2-5 p.m. CareFlight will be in attendance from 2-4 p.m. and retired fire equipment will be on display. Hot dogs and drinks will be served and goodies will be available to children in attendance. Anyone is welcome to come out to the celebration.