Apparatus

Ottumwa (MO) Fire Department Gets New Fire Apparatus

Two and a half years and just over $1 million later, the Ottumwa Fire Department has a new fire truck.

The 2015 model is replacing a 1976 fire truck. The new fire engine has a 101-foot long ladder that can reach the top of West Gate Towers.

Firefighters will receive a three-day training session on how to operate it. Even though it’s not yet in use, the department says it’s happy to finally have it.

“It’s the biggest truck we’ve ever had in the history of the fire department and it will put out more water than we’ve ever had and it will reach us to the tallest point in the city,” said Ottumwa Fire Department Chief Tony Miller. “It’s a great truck, we’re very happy to get it.”

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