The Sedalia City Council will vote to approve a bid for a 100-foot ladder truck for the Sedalia Fire Department.
The truck will replace the department’s current 75-foot ladder truck which is 15-years-old. The purchase has been in the planning stages for the past few years.
The new truck will also allow a stretcher-like device to be attached to the ladder itself, eliminating firefighters from having to use the “throw-over-your-shoulder fireman’s carry.”
While the original budget for the truck was $1 million, the winning bid from Colorado-based Max Fire Apparatus was $835,755. After the SFD spends about $60,000 in “loose equipment” including hoses, radios, air packs and fire extinguishers, the city will come in approximately $100,000 under budget. City Administrator Gary Edwards said the lagging economy is helpful for large bid projects like the truck.
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