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M/PIFCD donates fire truck to Upper Captiva

April 4, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

What does a fire department do with old, outdated fire equipment, such as a 1995 fire engine? The Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District donates it to the Upper Captiva Fire Department.

"This truck has served us very well for more than 20 years," M?PIFCD Chief Benjamin Mickuleit said. "When we had two new trucks delivered last year, we decided that the best use for our old truck was to donate it to a department that needs a newer truck."

"Upper Captiva has a very small tax base and a new truck is out of the question," Upper Captiva Fire Chief Bob Kinniry said. "Our old truck is a 1988 Pierce fire truck and the salt water environment and the rainy season takes its toll on all of our equipment."

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The fire truck was loaded on a barge and “shipped” to Upper Captiva.


In February of last year, two brand new E-One fire trucks were delivered to the Pine Island Fire Department. The two trucks were purchased to replace two outdated engines from 1995 and 2001.

"This means a lot to North Captiva," Chief Kinniry said. "This goes a long way to improving our equipment and will serve the island well for another 10 years. I want to thank the Pine Island Fire Commissioners, Chief Ben and Deputy Chief Shawn. The Pine Island Fire Department has been a good friend to Upper Captiva and they always do whatever they can to help us out."



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