Beaver Dam Fire Department to buy antique firetruck

October 3, 2018

The Beaver Dam Fire Department should have a “new” antique firetruck in its fleet soon.

The city’s police and fire commission approved allowing the transfer of funds from the budget’s fire prevention funds to help pay for the antique firetruck, which would be used for things like the Father’s Day Car Show and children’s events. The truck would cost about $7,000 and the cost would be paid back through fundraising.

Fire Chief Alan Mannel said there’s been a lot of good fundraising for fire prevention efforts already from the business community.

“We’ve done a lot of great things with it. We’ve made a lot of great purchases,” he said. “I don’t want to say were looking for things to spend the money on, but we do have some funds in the bank that we could use to purchase the firetruck with the understanding that it’ll be paid back.”

He said he expected it to be paid back within a few years through efforts like raffle ticket sales.

“I think that would be a lot quicker than three years,” said commission member Casey Carney.

Mannel said the department should have enough room for storage. Upkeep of the firetruck would fall to the firefighters.

“I think they’ll take a lot of pride in keeping that baby looking good,” Carney said.

The commission passed the proposal unanimously.

Meanwhile, the police department is looking to raise funds for a new vehicle for its latest canine officer, Reagan, who Police Chief John Kreuziger is a little shy but getting the job done well.

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