Posted: May 7, 2013 10:30 AM by KBZK
Updated: May 7, 2013 10:31 AM
BOZEMAN - Bozeman City Commission gave the go-ahead Monday night to get the wheels turning on the purchase of a new ladder truck for the fire department.
The truck is expected to cost around $1 million.
Commissioners voted to authorize the city manager to sign a purchase agreement to buy the new ladder truck at their Monday meeting.
Bozeman Fire Chief Jason Shrauger says the truck is important to the community.
"It allows us to perform some very quick rescue maneuvers, allows us to get to some of the taller structures in our community," Shrauger explained.
The department's current ladder truck is 27 years old. On average, these types of trucks last about 20 years.
"It's at the end of its life cycle. We're seeing some expensive maintenance," Shrauger said of the old truck.
The new truck will be similar to the old truck; however there will be some new features, including a bucket at the end of the ladder so more than one firefighter can go up with the ladder.