Firemen's Ball funding most of new 'attack' truck
June 11, 2013
Following a lengthy discussion Monday night at a city council meeting, the Carroll Fire Department will add a second “quick attack” fire truck to its fleet. The trucks are used extensively to reach remote areas in terrain where driving a full-size tanker is diffucult or nearly impossible, such as when fighting field fires.
Carroll's 35 volunteer firemen soon will have a new quick-attack truck to battle field, brush and grass fires and use in other emergencies and tasks.
They can thank the dancing shoes - or at least the checkbooks - of local residents who support the annual Firemen's Ball.
Funds from recent balls, about $49,000, will finance 83 percent of the $59,000 new 2014 4x4, four-wheel-drive truck the department is purchasing from Champion Ford in Carroll. The Carroll City Council Monday approved $10,000 in funding toward the truck - which retails for about $85,000 in its complete form, but will cost the department less as it is adding many of the firefighting features itself.
"Our department feels this is the next important need we have," said fireman Mark Werner, who added that the attack truck, the second in the department's fleet, will allow firemen to get into tight places, head off raging fires on fields and farms.
The project will involve the removal of 1977 Ford pumper truck from the fleet.
The department hopes to have the new attack truck this fall. At that point, the fleet will include the following: two quick-attack trucks; two tankers; one rescue truck; one aerial unit; and three pumpers.
The Firemen's Ball is held on the first Saturday in November.
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