City fire truck donated to cancer charity

By Greg Lower
Chanute Tribune – May 23, 2017

A nearly 30 year-old fire truck will get a new life with a new color after the Chanute city commission approved donating it to a charity in Wichita at its regular meeting Monday evening.

The 1989 Pierce Dash fire truck, Engine No. 13, will be donated to Pink Heals, Inc., to be refurbished to support cancer patients. The truck will be painted pink and used for patient visits and fundraising. A $495,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funded the purchase of Engine No. 1 to replace No. 13, and requires the old truck be taken out of fire service because it does not meet current safety standards.

“There just is no value left in the truck as a fire truck,” Chanute Fire Chief Kevin Jones said.

Pink Heals, Inc., and its Wichita chapter were both established by men whose wives died of cancer.

Disposing of No. 13 gave commissioners a chance to question Jones on the fire department’s next need, the eventual replacement of the 1993 ladder truck, which faces current issues with both new and historic buildings in Chanute.

In addition to high-rise buildings such as the historic Tioga Hotel and new Holiday Inn Express, a ladder truck needs to reach high enough to deal with the size of the new Orizon Aerostructures building and the parapet tops of historic downtown buildings. With many downtown buildings, the vertical parapet wall extends above the roof itself.

Jones estimated a ladder truck may cost about $1.4 million, but he warned that grant funding is drying up. He also said because Chanute has already received grants for Engine No. 1 and a 2005 grant for a water truck, the city is unlikely to receive a third.


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