Ottumwa (IA) Getting New Fire Apparatus

The Ottumwa (IA) City Council unanimously approved the nearly $1.07 million purchase of a new aerial fire apparatus from Rosenbauer America. It will take nine months to a year for the new truck to arrive.

“We started this process about a year ago,” said Fire Chief Tony Miller. “You guys know exactly what’s been done and what got us to this point. At this point now is where we need to accept the bid and get it ordered.”

Miller said getting the truck in the station was his main concern, but it will be designed to height specifications.

“I spent a lot of time looking at different firetrucks out there that we might be able to buy and get a really great deal,” said Councilman J.R. Richards. “But I could never find anything that would fit in the station and still do the job it needed to get done.”

That’s because the majority of firetrucks today are 12 feet or taller, Parker said.

The 1977 American LaFrance snorkel that the new truck will replace was already taken out of service due to ongoing maintenance issues, Miller said. The new truck will also push the department’s reserve truck, a 1990 Mack Pumper, to the airbase, which will improve service to Ottumwa’s north side and could increase its ISO rating.

“We had a dinosaur livin’ up there and we didn’t even know it,” Richards said of the 36-year-old firetruck.

The council also approved the $38,895 purchase of loose equipment that will be attached to the new truck.

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