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GVFD 'Tickled' Over New Fire Truck

By Joe Foreman, Editor

Even a normally subdued fire chief had excitement in his voice talking about the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department’s new truck.

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“We’re tickled to death, we’ve never had anything like this since I’ve been around,” GVFD chief Butch Fidler said. “It’s too bad it wasn’t ready in time for the homecoming parade.”

The new truck Glenwood firefighters are excited about is a 2013 chassis Spartan ERV model. It comes with all the latest bells and whistles, including a six-person all-enclosed cab, electronic pump and electronic phone system.

The truck has the capability of pumping up to 1,500 gallons per minute. Fidler said it can carry 1,000 gallons of water and 20 gallons of foam (typically used for putting out fuel-related fires).

The new truck is replacing a pair of Ford trucks at the Glenwood Fire Station - 1989 and 1996 models.

The fire truck purchase was made possible through a 28-E agreement the department made with the city of Glenwood earlier this year. In addition to the truck, Glenwood Rescue purchased a new ambulance. The two vehicles carried a total price tag of $422,000. GVFD made a down payment of $42,000 and took out a five-year loan for the remaining funds. Under terms of the 28-E agreement, GVFD will pay $2,000 a month on the loan while the city pays $4,782.40. Any funds generated by the sale of older vehicles will be used to pay down the loan balance.