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To the editor:
I would like to answer some of Mrs. Ingramís
concerns and questions.
First of all, yes the 7th truck is located at the Broadwell Station.
As for closing the Broadwell Station, the Assistant Chief at
Broadwell, as well as other citizens of the community have been told
numerous times that the station would remain open as long as there
are enough volunteers to justify it. Currently there are only 2
active members there. LRFPD has made calls and contacts to several
citizens in the area to see if they would be interested in joining
the department, but have had very little success.
LRFPD has also spent close to $18,000 in repairs to the building in
recent years to keep the station in good repair.
I am not sure about the efficiency of having some one from the
Lincoln Rural department drive to Broadwell to get the truck and
then take it to the scene unless the call is in Broadwell.
There are no current plans to close the Broadwell Station.
Since we currently house engine #8 and R-1 at the main station, some
situations require either the tanker or another unit, which as you
know are not located at the main station. This requires the fulltime
men or volunteers to go to the garage on 15th street to get the
vehicles and respond from there. I wonder where Mrs. Ingram thinks
the money will come from to hire 2 additional firemen. Although this
would be nice, our current budget is very tight by the year end, and
I do not think this is an option.
LRFPD received 10% of the Lloyd Mitchell estate which was to be
spent on rescue equipment. The old truck that we used for rescue was
in need of constant repair, so we felt this would be the proper
place to spend the money. A new crash rescue truck would cost about
$350,000, and since we received roughly $114,000 we had to look for
a used truck. These trucks are in very high demand and hard to find,
so yes we did buy this truck in California.
[to top of second column in this letter]
This truck was used in the city but also spent a great deal of time
on the interstates. This truck did have major repairs done to the
transmission, but has a 2-year warranty which will be honored
locally if need be (we checked this out before we bought the truck).
Since this truck is heavy built, 75,000 miles was and is not a
I do not know where your information came from, but I do not know
of any vehicle that uses 3 or 4 gallons of fuel per mile, including
this one. Yes, it does use fuel while idling at the scene (which all
vehicles do while running) but it still operates as cheaply as the
unit it replaced.
As for repainting the roof, this was done for two reasons  to
fix faded and chipped paint  it would closer match the other
department vehicles. Cost of this was paid for with money from the
Yes, $1,300,000 is a lot of money, but this building is a long term
solution for the department. People compare this building to some
new buildings neighboring departments have built but must realize
these are volunteer departments and have no need for living quarters
that a full time department requires. Some of these buildings are
still costing close to a million dollars and are not as big. The
life of this building should be between 75 and 100 years.
Granted there are other buildings out there, which we did look at,
but without extensive remodeling and expansion they would not meet
our needs. This situation would still require a referendum to pay
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