OTTUMWA — As soon as next week, Ottumwa firemen will be driving around the city in style with a new vehicle.
On Tuesday, City Council approved the purchase of a new pickup truck for the Ottumwa Fire Department, and it should be in sometime next week and ready for Ottumwa Fire decals, according to Fire Chief Tony Miller.
The truck, a 2014 Dodge Ram SSV, was purchased from Stew Hansen’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep, of Urbandale, for the total cost of $27,351.
The Dodge will be replacing one of the cars that fire officials use to drive on important business and calls around the city. The only other pickup they have is used for grass fires, and it can’t be used for much else because of the water tank and other equipment in the bed of the truck.
Now that firemen have this new truck, they will be able to haul extra equipment on calls when needed. Currently, whenever they need to use additional equipment but do not have the space, they have to use another fire engine or one of the firemen’s personal trucks, Miller said. They also have trouble hauling hoses that freeze in the winter since they cannot exactly roll up a frozen hose.
The new truck will help them be more efficient with equipment, and they will look quite stylish riding around in it as well.
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