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Stewart City Council tables fire request to buy mini-pumper

The Stewart City Council tabled a request from the fire department to purchase a 2012 mini-pumper.
A resolution regarding the purchase came before the Council at its Monday, Jan. 11, meeting.
The 2012 Ford 550 mini-pumper had a purchase price of $137,500. The department sought an additional $10,000 to buy equipment for the truck.
But City Council members questioned if the truck would be adequate for the department, and also suggested tabling the matter until it could be brought before township officials. Townships that contract with the city of Stewart for fire protection share in the cost of equipment purchases.
Council Member Carol Altrichter, a former firefighter with a suburban fire department, questioned the tank capacity of the truck, and whether it would be adequate for rural fires.
The proposed truck would hold 200 gallons of water on-board. Altrichter said 500 gallons should be the minimum.
For more see the Jan. 20 print edition of The Chronicle.