Russell City Council Approves Purchase of Used Fire Apparatus

The Russell City Council approved the purchase of a used ladder fire truck Tuesday evening at a special meeting.

Inspection of the Russell City Fire Department’s current ladder fire truck at the beginning of the year found severe frame rusting and due to safety concerns, it was immediately taken out of service.

Fire Chief Shane Preston has spent the last few months trying to locate a temporary replacement, one that will serve the city for five to seven years and allow time to acquire funding for the purchase of a new, custom ladder truck. After striking out a couple times, Preston found a 100-foot ladder fire truck in California for $200,000 from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus.

The truck also comes with a five-year warranty, but is still in use and won’t be available to Russell until late fall or early winter.

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