Canton IL Upgrades Fleet

Canton Fire Department (IL) is preparing its latest acquisition — a 1996 pumper truck — for service. It was bought on a bid for $42,000.

The fire department expects to get two to three years of use out of the truck, which has a custom chassis.

The fire chief noted that the fire department previously had bid on a nearby community’s fire truck, but the price was too high.

There are a few things that need to be upgraded. The truck needs a new set of tires, a little body work due to rust on the rear compartment doors, and a name change. Lettering for the Vincennes City Fire Department on the truck needs to be changed to Canton Fire Department.

The fire department is in the process of selling Engine 2, a 1994 vehicle which has a 55-foot ladder, for $62,000.

The fire department is trying to upgrade its entire fleet of vehicles at no new cost to the taxpayers. Two vehicles, Squad 1 and now Engine 2, have been sold in order to generate funds for the upgrades. Squad 1 was sold for $20,000.

Engine 2 is an International fire truck on a commercial chassis that has been sold to the Oakland Community Fire Protection District near Bloomington. The truck from Vincennes has a custom chassis, so it is built heavier and should last longer.

The newest vehicle in the Canton Fire Department fleet is a 2006 Ford pickup truck. The fleet also includes an old ambulance; an old squad car from the police department; the chief’s vehicle, a Ford Expedition that is 12 years old and has been driven 116,000 miles; and three front-line vehicles including two pumpers and one aerial platform truck.

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