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City council agreed to sale of fire truck

By Randy Thoms Mar 7, 2023 | 3:08 PM

Photo courtesy International Falls Fire/Rescue EMS/Facebook

International Falls city council is okaying the sale, for a second time, of a fire truck to the city of Littlefork.

They did so by removing a clause requiring the truck to be available for mill outages.

The city tried to sell the truck in 2018, but Littlefork balked at the clause that would have seen the International Falls Fire

Department take back the truck for use at the Packaging Corporation of America mill.

Fire Chief Adam Mannaussau says it appears Littlefork is now willing to assist Packaging Corporation of America.

“They are, by the sounds of it, willing to do that end of it. If they are willing to do that, I am fine with that,” says Mannaussau.

The sale of the 1982 Ford 50-foot ladder truck allows the city fire department to create space at its main hall for a tanker truck owned by Rural Fire, the group primarily responsible for fire protection in the rural areas around International Falls.

Mannaussau ays a pumper truck will also be moving.

“We are going to move our backup pumper, our old City 1 pumper, to South Falls and keep both tankers in the main station. That’s something on most rural fires that we need is a second tanker.”

The sale of the ladder truck is also dependent upon Littlefork City Council approving the purchase.


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