Man, talk about depreciation.
Sure this isn't just a pickup with a bunch of ladders in it?
9:21...Everyone in Decatur should depreciate the fact we have a 23 year old ladder truck!
Why don't you go buy and take a look at it, instead of just running your mouth...
If there is no rust on it and it hasn't been in an accident, that could still be a really useful ladder truck especially if you are gaining in the length of the ladder. In Chicago we have some spare fire apparatus that are literally from the 60's, they are a bit scary with the open cab and no seat belts and all. But we do have some front line apparatus from the mid 80's that work fine.
well its not like they drive it every day. how many miles is on it?
Did anyone check the Carfax report before signing the dotted line?
Um, it's better than buying a new one. I think you'll be happy for it, the first time it is needed. Get real!
Barry just HAS to stir the drama pot! He wouldnt know what to do if there wasnt drama to stir up!
Good buy for us in wise county! We need one, but purchasing a used one was smart. don't see the problem.
Bridgeport has a ladder truck. It is perfect for carring a bunch of kids on it. So now Decatur can be like Bridgeport.God knows they beat them in football.
Thanks Patriot Act or Homeland Security Act or whatever fear-mongering BS the Bush Administration put into place, that gives shiateloads of money to such agencies to "protect" us. Bridgeport has a ladder truck? WTF for? Does a ladder truck make putting out meth-fueld trailer house fires easier, or something?
Looks like the readership of this blog realizes the need for more funds for public safety. Maybe their time would be better spent emailing their councilmen instead of commenting on this blog. City administration loves the revenue generated from these multistory hotels and hospital. I wonder if they will love the publicity following a fire in one of them while the understaffed and underequipped fire department makes a valiant but ineffective effort to save it's inhabitants. That will make for some interesting news footage.
9:46 Wow, Chief Bennett..."buy"??? How's that education working for ya? Maybe folks should go by the FD to see the "new" ladder truck.DF Grammar Police
The Rhome mayor will put an end to all buying of trucks.
Great purchase! Bargain price, and the DFD now has a truck that will be valuable in protecting the hospital and new, taller structures in town. And FYI, it will likely improve Decatur's "key rate" insurance rating, which will save money for everybody in town. Where is the problem?
Holy Hell, all I said was that was major depreciation. I didn't say it was a bad buy. Man, you folks need to un-wad those panties!9:21
Is East Wise behind this?
A Ladder truck or other aerial device has many more uses than tall structures. They serve a great purpose on large foot print structures such as the Wal-Mart, Lowes and other "big box" like buildings located in Decatur. They also facilitate access to large residential structures that have a greater than average set-back from the street, a real access issue for many of our rural, larger homes. Not to mention the schools which are basically a multi-level building laying down on one side. Many more uses than going "up" than one would think. Should be an asset to the community. I was informed of these exact reasons when I inquired on the similar purchase made by Bridgeport a few years ago. I also thought it was silly until it was explained to me by a career fireman in the Metroplex. And the person who mentioned that it might help with the insurance rating is correct, it very well may. The "Key Rate" method has been done away with and replace with an ISO score, but it is very similar in establishing insurance rates. Again, something I learned when B-port made the same purchase. In fact I think that after B-port finished the work they were doing on ISO "stuff" our rates declined about 8 or 10 percent! Not a ton of savings every year but it adds up ove the life of a home!
damn by the posts it looks like the fireman up there at the fire house have wifi. same isp posting most all the comments. guess that is what they are payed for.
What did they need another truck to drive around town in for. All you see is one parked at every fast food joint in town. if you need a fire truck all you have to do is hang around Tatter Jct and you can get all of Rhomes fire trucks.
Used Fire Truck, good purchase.Used Post Office that does nothing but house the office of a useless employee... bad purchase.
2.40 needs to learn to look up or he will never see anything but trailer houses.
5:11 You forgot to mention how handy it will be hanging Christmas decorations on the city light/telephone poles.
I do agree the old post office is useless and I saw how much she gets paid for sitting around and trying to look pretty...bs
just another truck to drive to medical calls in town where they are not needed or asked for. They respond to improve their numbers and to justify their jobs. Decatur has got good at making parking lots.
How much is that new fire hall costing the City of Decatur?I mean, after all the complaining about the EMS station on the hill, I cannot believe the fire hall is getting a free pass. Holy cow is there a ton of money being spent there.
Ha! I'm glad I'm not the only one that wonders what in the hell Decatur bought the post office for. What a waste. That lady in there is a leach on the city's funds. What does she do?
LMAO 12:00But, seriously, ladder trucks are needed for both cities' hospitals..I work at the better and taller one...and the insurance comments are right on!
The insurance comments are incorrect. The only ones it helps is businesses, not residences. And why does DFD respond unnecesarly to medical calls in the city?
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