The two new trucks are supplied by Spartan Emergency Response Vehicles. Normal Fire Chief Mick Humer said this is a provider change from Pierce Manufacturing, which previously supplied engines to the department. Pierce engines across the Midwest have shown frame corrosion issues.
“These two new engines, we’ve elected to go with a different supplier for those fire engines, and they have galvanized frame rails so they will not rust,” Humer said.
All other Normal fire trucks are from Pierce. Humer said the trucks have been inspected and there is no immediate need for maintenance, but the two new trucks allow for “front line” trucks to be pulled out when necessary.
“Right now when we take one down for maintenance we have to use the ladder truck, which is a much larger piece of equipment, much more expensive piece of equipment and needs a lot more maintenance and TLC than an engine does just because there’s a lot more moving parts on it,” Humer said.
The Town of Normal unanimously authorized the $1.1 million purchase Monday.
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