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Falls City purchasing ladder truck for fire department
01/08/2021

(KLZA)--A major upgrade in equipment for the Falls City Volunteer Fire Department will be arriving in a few weeks. 

City Council member Lucas Froeschl updated the Council members Monday night on the purchase of a 2003 ladder truck for the Fire Department.  

The Burlington, Vermont Fire Department had a price tag of $66-thousand on the truck.  After negotiations they accepted an offer from Falls City of $59-thousand.   There is a need for several thousand dollars in repairs and the truck needs new tires.

A local trucker is going to pick up the fire truck and bring it back to Falls City.  It is anticipated the truck will arrive in about a month. 

The current ladder truck is a 1973 model purchased by Falls City in 1981.  

In 2018 a demonstrator truck was brought to Falls City,  it had a price tag of more than $900-thousand and would likely be more than a million dollars now.

The Council also approved the expenditure of $3-thousand for grant writing services for air packs and and air compressor for the Falls City Volunteer Fire Department. The anticipated cost to purchase the equipment is $125-thousand and would include 10 air packs.  The local match if a grant is awarded is anticipated to be in the neighborhood of $16,550.

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