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Vernon Fire Truck at its New Home in Texas

The 1,700-mile journey is complete.

The pumper sent by the Vernon Fire Department to the Bowman Community Fire Department in Texas has been at its new home for about a week.

And John Strekski, the chief there, said this week the department not be happier

The fire truck, a 1989 Sutphen/Ranger pumper, had been in service locally since it was purchased in 1990. The town agreed to sell it the Bowman Community Fire Department, located in Archer County, Texas, halfway between the north Texas city of Amarillo along Interstate-40 and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Plex area, for $16,000. It is replacing much older truck.

Mounted on a flatbed truck, the pumper rolled out of the firehouse lot on Hartford Turnpike across from the police station at about 3:30 p.m. on March 21. A short time earlier, it pulled out of its bay at the local station on Prospect Street for the last time.

Chief William Call and a contingent of firefighters paid what Call affectionately calls "the old girl" a farewell and it began the 1,700-mile journey west.

It arrived at the bowman department on March 28.

Vernon Resident April 02, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I guess(?) this is good... Is 16K a good price? Certainly not my area of expertise but I would have thought it would be worth more...
Danno April 02, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Think of it as helping another community who really needed the help. Typically, your lucky to get anything for a truck that was so well used. Vernon got their moneys worth out of this truck. Think of all the fire calls the truck responded to and how many Vernon homes have been save because of that. Your best not thinking of the cost because Vernon is lucky to have a dedicated Volunteer Fire Department which saves the Town millions of dollars every year.
Mark Kalina April 02, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I think Bowman received a nice unit to be sure. So nice I would not have known it was as old as it is. A tribute to the firemen who look after the equipment.
Vernon Resident April 05, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Very good points, as I said not may area of expertise... seems like a win win for all!

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