Highland Fire Chief Johnny Rickman, former Chief Steven Davis, Mayor Richard Smith and Highland Alderman Joe Black anxiously awaited the arrival of the city's new pumper truck, Jan. 31. The truck made its way into the parking lot of the Highland Fire Station, dirty but in great shape after its nearly week long trip from Connecticut.
Jan 6, Highland City Council allocated money for Rickman to purchase the truck for the city.
The truck was needed to maintain the department's ISO standards.
The 1988 Maxum Pumper Truck included extra tools and other surprises. The guys eagerly opened every door on the truck like children at Christmas to see what surprises lay behind each nook and cranny in the truck.
While it was still on the trailer, Rickman was excited to see the truck had a drop down tire chain system, one that will enable the department to respond quickly, without having to manually install chains in bad weather.
After much discussion and extensive questioning at its Jan. 6 meeting, the council voted unanimously to purchase the pumper for $13,500 plus $2,300 shipping costs.
The dirty truck was unloaded in the cold, rainy weather and, within a few hours, was shining like a new one thanks to the efforts of Davis and his son, who helped wash the new pumper and welcome it to its new home in Highland.