City settles fire truck debate with purchase

Council members debated the purchase of a new fire truck, trying a second time to come to agreement over a grant that will fund half the cost.

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October 13, 2021 - 10:48 AM

The second time was the charm for Iola to purchase a new fire truck.

City Council members approved Tuesday the purchase of a Spartan truck from Feld Fire of Grain Valley, Mo., for $618,231, the lowest of three qualifying bids received.

The Spartan, which will take about a year before it’s fully equipped and in service, will replace Unit 311, the newest truck in the Iola Fire Department fleet, as the city’s “first-out” vehicle for emergency calls.

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