Ill. fire department gets 'new' pumper via auction site
The 1990 Spartan replaces a 1972 unit that failed its annual pump test
ALLENDALE, Ill. — The Allendale Rural Fire Protection District took delivery of a “new” fire engine. The department purchased the 1990 Spartan Gladiator from the Avon (Ohio) Fire Department, which listed it on a public auction website.
“Earlier this year, our oldest engine, a 1972 Ford/Bean, failed its annual pump recertification,” explained Chief Gerald Brooks. “Rather than pay for overhauling the pump on such an old engine, the trustees opted for locating a used engine with low mileage and in good condition.”
The “new” engine has only 24,751 miles on the odometer and is in excellent condition. It has a 1,500 GPM pump and a 1,000-gallon water tank. “The old Ford only had a 750 GPM pump and carried only 750 gallons of water,” said Brooks.
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