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Hamburg’s new fire truck arrived Friday

Kirt Manion
Hamburg Fire helped to fight a recent blaze at Sidney.

Friday, Feb. 21, figured to be a very exciting day for the Hamburg Fire Department as a brand new fire truck will roll into the station.

Efforts to purchase the truck have been ongoing since late 2018, prior to flood waters arriving in Hamburg.

The truck, with an estimated value of $425K, is being paid for by the Hamburg Fire Protection in part through a loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hamburg Fire Protection is made up of the City of Hamburg along with Washington and Madison Townships.

Hamburg Fire Protection has already invested $224K with the purchase of the truck's chassis, a Spartan Chassis, which was built on the east coast and delivered to Toyne Fire Apparatus in Breda, Iowa, where it was made ready for delivery.

The Spartan Chassis is one that supports a larger fire truck commonly used at urban fire stations.

Hamburg Fire Chief Dan Sturm said the truck's completion work at Breda included installation of a custom built box, pump, emergency lights and Hamburg Fire Department decals.

The monetary difference between the initial investment by Hamburg Fire Protection and the total cost of the truck will be made up by a USDA loan, which is facilitated through the City of Hamburg.

The city, as a stand alone entity, is not providing any funding for the purchase of the truck. The city's administrative presence makes the loan possible. Hamburg Fire Protection will then make all of the loan payments on the truck.

Hamburg Fire was set to travel to Breda and pick up the truck on Friday, Feb. 21.

In other good news for the fire department, the Hamburg Fire Department is receiving a grant of $100K from the USDA. The $100K opportunity requires a $34K buy in by Hamburg Fire Protection.

Funds will be used to equip the new fire truck, for the purchase of new SCBAs for firefighters and also for lockers at the fire department that were destroyed by flood waters.

The fire department's current SCBAs or self-contained breathing apparatus, are reaching the end of their 15-year lives of service. When the SCBAs reach the end of their service, the options are to replace them or to rehab them. Rehabbing is cost prohibitive.

Grant funds from the USDA will replace 12 SCBAs and the bottles that accompany them.

The new truck and the grant award for equipment, Chief Sturm said, are great boosts to the community after all it has suffered through with the flooding disaster of 2019. Sturm said the new truck will be the third pumper in the Hamburg fleet.

"This will be a nice addition," Sturm said.