City council approves three new RCFD trucks

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

The Rapid City Common Council approved the purchase of three new vehicles for the Rapid City Fire Department on Monday.

The pickup-style vehicles will let the department more effectively respond to calls, and consolidate resources.

All together, the new vehicles will cost around $750,000 and will be purchased with Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) funds. Rod Seals, the interim fire chief for the Rapid City Fire Department, said buying vehicles isn’t in the yearly budget.

“A typical fire engine runs about half a million dollars, and a typical ladder truck runs about a million dollars," said Seals. "And so those types of large expenses would be a huge up and down in our normal operations budget. And so the CIP is a more stable funding source for us to be able to purchase those."

Rapid City won't see the new trucks for at least a year because they are so specialized.

For more information on the new trucks, click HERE

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