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Red Bay presented with options for new city fire truck

By Staff
Melissa Cason
Franklin County Times
RED BAY- The Red Bay City Council viewed a presentation on a fire truck during the regular council meeting held Monday night.
Sunbelt Fire Representative Slate McLendon presented the council with options on purchasing a new fire truck through the company. McLendon brought a fire truck with him to display for the council members.
Fire Chief Bud Strickland said that the city will have to make an emergency purchase of a fire truck because the department is down to two trucks.
The old fire truck was damaged when it rolled down a hill and into a local business
While the department only has two trucks right now, Strickland said that the city has adequate fire protection.
However, the council will need to purchase a new truck or risk a spike homeowners' insurance rates.
Red Bay has been shopping for a fire truck for a few weeks, including both used and new models.
"The used truck was about $113,000 and that was too much," Strickland said. "The council wanted to see what a new truck would cost."
Strickland said that the new fire truck would run the city about $150,000.
In other business, the council voted to: