Park Rapids (MN) Fire Apparatus Breaks Down on Delivery

Park Rapids Fire Department (MN) were bringing a purchased fire truck back from Napa (CA), when the truck had engine troubles.

The ladder truck broke down on the side of the road. The city had just purchased the vehicle to add to its fleet. The custom-built truck was to have been a good addition to Park Rapids’ inventory, after taking possession of a custom-built engine truck last year.

“When we found we had some engine trouble with it, the City of Napa Fire Department came and picked it up. They said they’d refund our money and fix it and they’d call us when it was done,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman said the truck should be valued at much more than the department paid.

“It’s worth way more,” he added. “We paid $50,650 or something like that and it’s probably worth $150,000 if it’s worth a penny. It’s a dandy.”

And for the price of some repairs, mechanic and firefighter Bob Meier, who accompanied Hoffman on the trip, still thinks it’s a good deal.

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