The Fort Walton Beach Fire Department has a new fire engine. City officials used $530,000 in half-cent sales tax money to pay for the new engine, which can pump 1,500 gallons of water per minute and carries a full complement of firefighting, rescue and emergency medical tools and equipment. A public celebration for the engine is set for 9 a.m. on July 11 at Station 6, which is at 5 Hollywood Blvd. NE. The event will include a ceremonial wash down and push in of the vehicle, as well as a dedication to a special guest.

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