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Bellevue VFD takes possession of new brush truck


Members of the Bellevue VFD inspect a new brush truck received Wednesday afternoon. The truck was purchased through a FEMA grant.

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department took possession of a new Wednesday afternoon, paid for with local donations and a sizeable grant from FEMA.

Unit No. 231 is designated as a “quick attack” brush truck, said Fire Chief Mark Hanson. The unit was built to meet specification put forth by the VFD, and cost $95,000. BVFD was required to match 5 percent of the grant funds, for a cost to the department of $4,750.

Volunteer Nora Hodges of Bellevue wrote the grant request for the department.

A local company, Steele Fire Apparatus of Haskell, built the unit from a Ford F550 cab and chassis. Hanson said he prefers using the company because they better understand fire-fighting techniques used locally. Bill Steele, owner of SFA, is a volunteer fire fighter in Haskell.

Hanson said the department requested an extended cab instead of a four-door truck for better maneuverability. The truck will carry a three-man crew.


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