Boone County Fire Protection Board approves purchase of new tanker

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 9:46 p.m. CDT; updated 7:29 a.m. CDT, Thursday, March 21, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a new fire tanker at its monthly meeting on Wednesday.

The $283,731 new tanker will replace Tanker 305, which flipped onto its roof on Missouri 124 West in Hallsville in November. The driver was not injured, but the tanker was damaged beyond repair. Tanker 305's insured value is about $175,000, so the Fire District will only have to pay about $113,000 out of its budget for the new tanker.

Fire District Deputy Chief Jeff Scott proposed purchasing a new two-door Kenworth chassis from Pierce Manufacturing, a company in Appleton, Wis. that makes custom firetruck and fire apparatuses.

Scott said once the tanker is complete in about 10 months, the Fire District will salvage the radio equipment from the damaged Tanker 305 and mount it on the new one. They will also paint it yellow and mark it with the Fire District's crest.

Board treasurer John Sam Williamson said the Fire District usually buys vehicles through state contracts with manufacturers, but this new tanker is part of a national contract that includes options for additions.

The new tanker will be ordered with upgrades from Tanker 305. Hydraulic lifts will lower and raise the vehicle's portable water tank, saving time and effort for the two or three firefighters who usually have to do the lifting, Scott said.

At the meeting on Wednesday, Fire District Chief Scott Olsen also announced the district's change from rubber to leather boots and the hiring of Misty Reynolds to the Office of Emergency Management. Reynolds previously worked at the reception desk for the Fire District for three years.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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