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Monarch purchases new rescue pumper

By: Jim Erickson

The Monarch Fire Protection District will add another new rescue pumper to its fleet but the vehicle won’t be brought into service until next year.

Monarch directors approved the purchase at their June 4 meeting; however, the industry-wide backlog of orders for fire and emergency vehicles means delivery is not expected until July 2019.

The district anticipates delivery of another rescue pumper in the next few weeks, a vehicle that was ordered more than a year ago.

Both the newly purchased rescue pumper and the one ordered in 2017 are from the Smeal Fire Apparatus Co., a Nebraska-based firm whose local dealer is the Leo M. Ellebracht Co. of Wentzville.

On the new purchase, the bid on the Smeal truck was the lowest of three received.

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