Archive for Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Fire department likes new wheels

September 12, 2001

The Tonganoxie Fire Department has a new used car.

Firefighter Jamie Paine said that a few months ago the city police department had offered to give the fire department one of its used patrol cars, a 1993 Crown Victoria.

"We were fine with what we had at that time," Paine said. "But then the transmission started slipping in our old car and so we asked them if they were still interested in giving it to us, and they agreed to do it."

The city's old fire department car was a 1991 Crown Victoria with about 100,000 miles. The new car has 160,000 miles, said Tonganoxie City Administrator Chris Clark.

Clark said he was happy with the way things turned out.

"A local business painted it for us," he said of the car that is now bright red.

Paine said Mark Gunther, of Mark's Body Shop, donated the labor and the use of his shop for the car to be painted. The city supplied the paint.

The car is ready for use, Paine said Friday as he applied reflective strips to the sides.

"It's in real good shape," Paine said.

The car will be used for firefighter errands, Paine said, and when there are medical calls, the car can be taken, which keeps down mileage on the pumper truck.

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