Archive for Thursday, July 5, 2007

Station adds new truck to fleet

July 5, 2007

After 31 years of service in the Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1, a loyal member says goodbye while a younger, stronger version is brought in to take its place.

The department has recently added a new fire truck to its fleet with a dual purpose as the primary response to rescue calls and as a tanker for the county.

The new $269,000 truck joined the current fleet of eight trucks, which has an average age of 20 years.

Fire Chief Rick Huhn said the department had needed the new truck for a while. The particular truck being replaced was going on 31 years and, according to Huhn, had outlived its usefulness.

The district currently has a couple other trucks going on 30, but Huhn said this recent addition would have to be paid off before the idea of more could be considered.

The money for the new truck came out of the department's budget and cost about $100,000 more than the last new truck that was purchased two years ago.

Huhn said a 2007 law that changed emission standards resulted in the increased cost. The law required more weight added to the motor, which took away from the body of the truck, and to be able to carry the load the department requires, a custom built cab was necessary.

Huhn said there were some advantages to spending more on a custom-built truck. He said they were made of aluminum, were heavier and should last longer than a commercial cab.

The new truck officially went to work on June 16 and has already been sent out on four emergency calls.

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