Truck’s troubles trigger replacement talk

Continuing issues with a fire truck purchased 10 years ago prompted a discussion about replacing it, but those costs are expensive, too.



August 25, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Elmore Patterson, chief executive officer at Allen County Regional Hospital, introduces himself Monday to Iola City Council members. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

About 10 years ago, Iola purchased a fully equipped, state-of-the-art Pierce pumper truck for the Iola Fire Department, for a shade more than $500,000.

For two years, the truck worked like a dream.

But a series of computer upgrades in 2012 apparently disagreed with the unit’s DD13 Detroit diesel engine.

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