Firefighters clash with chief

Local firefighters disagreed with a recommendation from Chief Chase Waggoner over the purchase of a new fire engine. Two committees studied offers, and chose two different engines. The chief disagreed with firefighters and opted for a lesser-priced unit.



June 29, 2021 - 10:26 AM

Firefighters discuss purchasing a new fire engine during Monday night's Iola city council meeting.

Local firefighters openly disagreed with their chief at Monday night’s Iola Council meeting, saying they know best what fire engine would suit their needs.

At issue is the purchase of a new fire engine, for which the city and Thrive Allen County has worked to secure half of the funding through a Community Development Block Grant. 

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