Atchison City Commission unanimously approved a grant that will provide the fire department with a new mini-pumper truck, reports AtchisonGlobeNow.com.
The department estimates that more than 80% of calls are as first responders to medical emergencies. Currently the department must use one of its full-sized pumper trucks to respond to all calls. One of the pumper trucks is due for replacement in the next couple years.
Rather than replacing that truck, the fire chief recommended a new mini-pumper truck. The estimated cost of a mini-pumper is $275,000 and the city will be responsible for $13,750 of that cost.
The acquisition of a smaller truck will also reduce maintenance costs.