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Cedarville purchases fire trucks

Cedarville is set to acquire two fire trucks for its newly established fire department.

Cedarville City Council members approved the purchase of two fire trucks for $34,999 during a special meeting July 24. The trucks, which will be purchased from Great Lakes Pre-Owned Fire Apparatus out of Kalamazoo, Mich., are a 1988 Chevrolet pumper and 1991 Ford 1,800-gallon tanker.

Both trucks are fully equiped and have have been driven less than 25,000 miles each, according to an estimate invoice.

“The new trucks are fully loaded, fully prepared - all we have to do is put water in them,” said Mayor Glenanna O’Mara.

Cedarville officials will take out a loan for $50,000 from Citizens Bank & Trust Co., with $35,000 going to the cost of the trucks and $15,000 to be put aside for any additional unforeseen costs, O’Mara said. She expects the loan to be approved this week, she said.

“We’ve done such a good job of being meticulous about our spending for the city over the last year that this loan isn’t going to be a problem,” O’Mara said.

Jesse Hyatt was appointed fire chief in late June. A mechanic with Randall-Ford car dealership in Fort Smith, Hyatt volunteered with both district 4 and 5 of the Crawford County Rural Fire Department for about nine years beginning in 2000, he said.

Hyatt and O’Mara traveled to Little Rock to inspect the trucks, O’Mara said. They drove the trucks, pumped water and Hyatt checked the mechanics, Hyatt said.

“They’re not new vehicles but they’re in good condition; they’ve been very well kept,” O’Mara said.

Both trucks will be serviced, tested and certified before being put into commission, Hyatt said.

O’Mara called the purchase of the trucks a “great deal,” adding that another seller had requested $80,000 for three trucks of similar age and wear but without equipment.

O’Mara plans to apply for a grant for the city to purchase a second pumper truck, she said. The city department also has received donations of bunker gear and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) from cities across the state, she said.

One position of fire training officer was filled by Eldon Hammer, and the department has signed seven fully certified firefighters, O’Mara said.

“Our original scheduled operational date of November for the fire department has been stepped up and we will be a fully functioning fire department by Aug. 31,” O’Mara said.

Also during the special meeting, city council members went into executive session to look over the applications for police chief. Former chief David Goss announced his resignation at the regular monthly meeting in June, citing health reasons.

Cedarville Police Department is currently under the direction of assistant police chief Mark Gentry. Gentry is a part-time paid officer.

O’Mara expects city officials to make a decision about a new chief by the end of August, she said.

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