Falls City Fire (NE) Fire Apparatus Travels 1,500 Miles

The City of Burlington, Vermont accepted from the City of Falls City, Nebraska an offer of $ 59,000  to purchase their used ladder truck.

 During its Monday October 19, 2020, meeting the Falls City’s City Council voted 5-0 (with council members Holle, Ractliffe, and Wisdom absent) to authorize two of its members, Lucas Froeschl and Mitch Merz to co-chair to negotiate for this purchase.

 Spokesperson Jon McQueen, stated that Lucas and Mitch went above and beyond their elected duties as councilmen, with the many e-mails and text between the group sharing with Fire Chief Matt Beer and Asst. Chief Jon McQueen, who offered their input.

“Lucas, has been very professional and he deserves a lot of credit for this purchase.”

“ The truck was inspected by a third party, at the request of the City Council and found that, some minor repairs were needed. Those repairs were included with the offer, and have been completed.

The City hired Dennis Becker of Becker Trucking Inc. from Seneca, Kan. to haul the 81,500 GVWR Twin Axel 48’- 6” truck to Falls City on his RGN trailer and it arrived in Falls City mid-afternoon on January 12.

“ The Falls City Fire Department wishes to thank Brewer Farms for allowing us to unload the truck at their shop with their assistance.”

“The 2003 Custom E-One Cyclone II, 95’ Mid-Mount Platform, was purchased new by Burlington, VT for $ 800,000  from E-One. It will replace the Falls City Fire Departments current 1981 Smeal 65’ ladder truck, which the Fire Department has been trying for some time to figure out how to replace the 40- year old truck.

The department in 2018 had a demonstrator ladder truck in Falls City but it had a price tag of just over $ 900,000, and with the ladder truck rarely used it just didn’t seem reasonable to spend that kind of money since other equipment is needing replaced such as air packs and the fire station’s breathing air compressor.

“It was decided a used fire truck might be the answer, and the process began to look for one, and this one came up with good reports. The E-One 6 -man cab, 5 being SCBA seats, Detroit 60 500 HP Diesel Engine, Allison Automatic Transmission, Air brakes, 2000 gpm Hale Pump with Heat Pan, 300-Gallon Tank, Pre-Piped 1250 gpm Waterway with Electric Monitor, (2) 4500 psi Breathing Air to bucket, Hand Controls in Bucket, Complete set of Ground Ladders, Stokes Basket, An on-board Smartpower 8KW Generator, (2) 200’ Electric Cord Reels, Scene Lights, Federal Q2B Siren, Emergency Lighting, with 77,910 miles.

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