Leadwood Fire Protection District leaders have placed an order for a 2015 E-One pumper truck.
The new truck currently is being built, said Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Lewis. Delivery tentatively is scheduled for the last week of June.
Members of the district’s board of directors voted last fall to purchase the vehicle. The total cost for the truck is to be in the neighborhood of $353,000.
A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant awarded in June — will cover roughly $277,092 of the expense. The fire district will pick up the remainder of the cost, or approximately $75,908.
The district’s portion of the expense will be paid off over a period of 10 years.
Banner Fire Equipment Inc. of Roxana (IL) is providing the new pumper.
The truck will have a 1,500-gallon per minute pump and its equipment will be fully enclosed. Ladders will not hang off the side of the vehicle, Lewis said.
The new pumper will replace a 29-year-old pumper the district already has sold. The old truck had major structural issues, as it’s steering box welds and hose bed framing were busting. The tank, which was rusting through, had been repaired three times. “The other truck was on its last legs,” he said.
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