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City Approves $7M Purchase Of New Fire Department Equipment

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Nadya Faulx
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A fire truck outside of the downtown Wichita fire station.

Wichita City Council members have approved the purchase of $7 million worth of equipment for the fire department.

Fire Chief Ron Blackwell says the funds will go partly toward replacing a command truck that was purchased in 1993.

“The current unit lacks the technology that is available to us today that can be really beneficial in a number of emergency situations, including hazardous materials, rescue, high-rise building fires and other special needs," he told the City Council at its meeting Tuesday.

The city’s Capital Improvement Plan funds the replacements of several pieces of equipment yearly. Each apparatus has a life span of about 10 to 15 years.

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