Steve Kunzweiler of the Marcus Fire Department presented a talk on the merits of the Quick Attack Truck to the Board at Tuesday's meeting.
The main usage for such a vehicle, said Kunzweiler, is the rapid response that prevents small fires from getting out of hand.
Many such fires that happen in prairie grass or dried farm fields are harder to control due to the size of most response vehicles. Kunzweiler claimed that a smaller truck could reach a fire quicker.
Kunzweiler also stated the obvious that when a normal size truck is used on a grass fire, the ground becomes saturated with the water used to put out the fire, and many times the bigger trucks get stuck in a field and sometimes have to be towed out.
Kunzweiler also stated that currently the MFD takes its Number 2 pumper and tanker to field fires. "They are too heavy and not designed to go some of the places we need to go," said Kunzweiler. The MFD Number 1 pumper for example weights in at 34,900 lbs. the Quick Attack Truck will come in at 11,360 lbs.
The total cost of the Quick Attack Truck was estimated by the MFD to be $67,000. The department will pay the additional amount of $42,000 (already raised by the MFD) of the purchase price. Kunzweiler also stated that the truck will be used as a command vehicle and personnel transport vehicle.
The truck will come with a 250-gallon tank and foam transport vehicle and will be available for mutual aid calls to all neighboring fire departments.
"It is our main goal to make every effort to make it as safe as possible for the volunteers as we can," said Kunzweiler. The Marcus Fire Department has 24 volunteers in its department.
In other business, the Board continued to meet with county department heads and representatives of special agencies such as the Cherokee County Library Association, Marcus Fair, Department of Human Services, and the Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation to get their budget request in for the 2011/2012 budget.
The Board then continued with its annual budget review.