New Fire Truck


Costing a little over one million dollars, Ottumwa will take delivery on its newest piece of firefighting equipment, on Monday afternoon of next week.

Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller said today that construction on the new aerial truck, Tower One, is now completed, and will arrive in Ottumwa next Monday, weather permitting.

Miller said that it has taken just about a year-and-a-half to build the truck, customized especially for use in the City of Ottumwa. It has the capability of reaching over 100 feet, to the top of Ottumwa’s highest building, Westgate Towers.

Miller said that he hopes the new fire truck can be put on display to the general public at the upcoming Home and Garden Show at Bridge View Center.

Meanwhile, Ottumwa’s old aerial truck was purchased by bid for $3,500.00, and has found a new home on the East Coast.

Miller said that the new piece of equipment will not be put into service immediately, because firefighters will have to be trained on the truck prior to driving it.