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Manchester In Need Of New Ladder Truck

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by Chris Conte

MANCHESTER, Tenn. - Firefighters in the city of Manchester are without their only ladder truck after the 75-foot fire truck failed inspection last month because of rust.

"It's very, very old," explained Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman.

As it turns out, no one from the city realized how old the truck actually was when they purchased it used from another fire department in Ohio two years ago.

Stickers on the 75-foot Pierce truck indicated it was built in 1992, but it was actually refurbished by the factory that year. The truck was first put into service in 1972 - over 40 years ago.

"They (the former mayor) got this truck and thought it would take care of the city," Mayor Norman added.

Since the frame of the truck is from 1972, it started to rust so badly around the back wheels that it can no longer pass safety inspections.

The city only paid $12,000 for the piece of equipment, and fixing it might cost upwards of $30,000.

Officials decided buying a new ladder truck, which might cost close to $600,000, was the best option in the long run.

"It's something that should've been bought a long time ago," Norman said.

Until a new truck is purchased, the Manchester Fire Department will rely on mutual aid from surrounding cities when they are in need of a ladder truck. 

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