SIDNEY, NE — The Sidney Fire Department is unveiling their newest engine.

The volunteer force showed off Engine 31 Tuesday morning. The brand new fire truck arrived in town late last week just in time for Christmas.

With the ability to carry 750 gallons of water, 25 gallons of foam and six firefighters, it will be a welcome addition to the department. Sidney Fire Chief LaVerne Bown says it should be ready to respond to calls sometime in January. It will replace an engine the Sidney VFD has used since 1992.

"The old engine is almost 30 years old so parts and pieces are hard to find," Bown said. "So just the new technology and ability to carry more equipment is going to help us out in the long run."

This is the first time the department has bought a new engine for the fleet in over a decade. The city had saved up funds in the fire department's equipment reserve over the past 5-6 years to buy Engine 31. It could have taken longer without a sizable donation, according to mayor Roger Gallaway.

"The Nebraska Community Foundation got involved and helped finish off paying the last part of the cost," Gallaway said. "Literally saved us two or three years, possibly."

According to city documents, the foundation donated about $43,000 to the purchase of the engine that cost nearly $500,000. 

Now the 33-member department will outfit the truck and prep it to serve the community. If anyone not on the Sidney VFD wants a chance to ride in the engine, applications to join the department can be found on the Sidney City website.