THAYER -- A 2006 International firetruck was delivered to the Thayer Rural Fire Department May 26.
Thayer Rural Department Assistant Fire Chief Mark Arnold said the Patriot Colonial pumper was purchased from the Fire Master Fire Apparatus Company of Springfield for $185,000. He said he had written a FEMA grant for $175,750 and the city and the Thayer Rural Fire Department kicked in the additional $9,250 needed to purchase the truck.
"This is a major upgrade for our fire department. It will replace a 1966 Ford tanker," Arnold said. Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard said he will present to the council the status of the old tanker and they will decide how it will be used.
Besides the new truck, the fire department has a 1968 Chevrolet pumper; a 1994 crew cab brush truck donated by the MDC; and a 1992 GMC 2,300-gallon water tanker.
Arnold said the new truck has a 330 horsepower International Diesel Engine and will pump 1,250 gallons of water a minute. He said the old pumper pumped only 200 gallons of water a minute. Arnold said the new truck will hold 1,500 gallons of water compared to 1,000 gallons held by the old truck.
The new firetruck has storage space for equipment the firefighters use at almost every fire call, including self contained breathing apparatuses and extra air cylinders.
Arnold said the truck is equipped with scene lights on both sides of the truck and has a dump valve to get rid of unused water.
"It has a better lighting package and a better siren than any truck we have," Arnold said.
"This is an asset to our community and an upgrade for our fire department," said Thayer Rural Fire Chief Norman Todd.
Arnold said the new truck will be going to Jefferson City later this month to be on display at the Summer Fire School held there.
The truck was given the number 11 in honor of fireman Henry Straw who died recently from cancer.