Used fire truck headed to the Bahamas

September 15, 2008 5:56:37 AM PDT
A western Pennsylvania fire engine is headed to the Bahamas, where it will be used by a town that now is an hour away from the nearest fire station.

Vandergrift Volunteer No. 1 Fire Department sold the 1983 truck for $4,050 on eBay to Fire Rescue Development Program, a nonprofit that helps equip firefighters in developing countries.

Vandergrift is about 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Officials there bought the truck new for $56,000, but say it no longer meets local performance standards, though it still works.

The truck is headed to Alice Town, a village on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. The Vandergrift department and others also donated some equipment with the truck.