The Champaign Fire Department (IL) will purchase three new pumper trucks at a cost of nearly $1.5 million after the city council signed off on the plan.
The new trucks will replace two 15-year-old trucks with more than 100,000 miles and a 14-year-old pumper with 72,000 miles.
The middle-aged trucks will be moved to reserve status and three older trucks will be sold on eBay.
On of the trucks, a 1962 Seagrave pumper, was bought new by University of Illinois Fire Department and sold to the city in the mid-1980s. It has never been used in front-line service for the city of Champaign.
The department has been have trouble getting the 50-year-old truck to start. Previously, it’s primary purpose has been in the city’s Fire Explorer program for high school and college-aged students interested in becoming firefighters.
The two other trucks are two 18-year-old engines that both have around 90,000 miles on the odometer. They were also being used as reserve trucks.
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