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BataviFire Department's first responders show compartmental features new rescue squad city officials aldermen outside City Council chambers.

Batavia Fire Department's first responders show the compartmental features of the new rescue squad to city officials and aldermen outside of the City Council chambers.

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Updated: January 22, 2013 6:22AM

The Batavia Fire Department this week unveiled a new state-of-the-art rescue vehicle for use at life-threatening emergency medical operations, such as auto crashes when drivers and passengers are trapped inside.

“It will carry the tools needed for extrication at auto crashes, machinery accidents, fires and other medical emergencies,” Batavia Fire Chief Randy Deicke said.

The first responder vehicle was custom-built from a Ford 550 chassis by the Alexis Fire Equipment Company in Alexis, Ill. Deicke said it will carry hand tools, air bags to lift vehicles, life safety ropes and other equipment the department’s first responders and paramedics need in emergencies.

Outside the City Council chambers this week, Batavia fire department first responders showed the vehicle’s compartmental features and the scene lights for nighttime emergency calls.

The Batavia Fire Department’s new rescue squad, which is considered lightweight and more environmentally friendly, replaces a 21-year-old rescue unit.

The new rescue squad cost $190,000, but the fire department was awarded a $150,000 state grant through the offices of State Rep. Tim Schmitz of Batavia and State Rep. Kay Hatcher of Yorkville.

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