The Tullahoma Fire Department has been put on standby for now in the event that a larger truck is needed.
The parked truck was acquired in March of 2011 through GovDeals.com, a site to bid on government surplus and unwanted equipment, for $12,500 from a department in Ohio in hopes of avoiding spending an estimated $1 million for a new truck that the city needs to maintain good public protection classification (also known as ISO rating).
Assistant Fire Chief Mark Reed presented the city with options for two trucks – one in the $650,000 range and the other in the $895,000 range. The cheaper of the two options would not have a ladder big enough to reach the top of the tallest building in Manchester – Kingwood Arms.
Vice Mayor Ryan French told WMSR the city must provide adequate fire protection and that’s what the city will do. He says city leaders will now study on how to pay for has to be done.
Thanks to the Manchester Times for their help with this story.
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