Mitchell (SD) Places Fire Apparatus for Sale on eBay

The Mitchell Fire Division’s (SD) old ladder truck, a 1982 model, has put the truck up for sale on eBay with a minimum price of $12,000.

A replacement ladder truck, a 2010 model, was bought for $749,000 and put into service earlier this year.

The new fire truck, a 2010 model with a 101-foot extendable ladder, a 500-horsepower engine and a 500-gallon water tank, is a major upgrade for the city’s firefighters.

The city received only two bids for the old ladder truck after declaring it surplus property in April. At a regular meeting Monday night at City Hall, the City Council decided to reject the two bids for the old ladder truck because both were much less than the truck’s appraised value of $12,500.

The highest bid was $6,532.41 from the Owen-Withee-Curtis Fire District, based in Owen (WI). The other bid was from John Neihart, of Chippewa Falls (WI) that offered $5,000, and also offered to teach 24 hours of certified ladder operation to all the city’s firefighters.
As of Friday afternoon, no bids had been placed for the ladder truck on eBay, but the auction is set to run until Aug. 17. If the online sale fails, the truck could be auctioned off at the city’s surplus auction in September or sold as scrap.

Despite its age, the old truck has just 16,485 miles on the engine, a working water pump and an extendable 85-foot ladder.

For now, the old ladder truck is stored alongside other emergency vehicles inside the storage building near the Mitchell Public Safety Building.

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