The City of Wells (MN) fire department has requested a $400,000 bond to go toward the purchase of a new aerial truck.
The ladder truck they currently utilize is from 1970, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to repair.
“It’s to the point where they have to manufacture parts specifically for this rig,” Mike Pyzick explains. “Which makes the repair costs more significant.”
However, the fire department is also still in the process of paying back one of two loans on the tanker they had purchased.
So, in addition to a $400,000 bond being factored into the fire department’s budget, they still have to consider the $16,599 due on the tanker.
The current truck, which was already 15 years old when they purchased it in 1985, will continue to be updated until the council reaches a decision.
Most council members were supportive of the idea, but wondered if the department needed a ladder or aerial truck at all.
City Attorney David Frundt, who was also present at the meeting, explained that it would be a good idea for Wells to have an aerial truck.
“It’s not a regulation but rather a standard with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that any city with a building more than three stories should have an aerial truck,” he says.
Council member Ashley Seedorf stated the trucks they found range in price from $200,000 to $400,000 and they should request the bond at the higher end of that range.
If a bond was issued at the high end of $400,000, issuance expenses would decrease the amount to around $380,000 to purchase the truck.
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