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Perham Fire District to get new truck

The Perham Fire Department will be getting a new tanker truck.

The department already has a buyer for one of its older, 250gpm (gallon per minute) tankers, and plans to upgrade to a new 750gpm model later this spring.

At a meeting Monday, Perham city councilors approved the sale of the fire department’s 1991 Topkick Chevrolet engine tanker. The tanker will be sold to another fire department in Minnesota, at a price of $25,000 – a “pretty fair price,” according to Mayor Tim Meehl.

Councilors also agreed to put out a call for bids for a new truck for the Perham Fire District. They had previously given their OK, at a meeting in January, for the fire department to purchase a new truck, at a cost not to exceed $250,000. Perham and some surrounding townships will split that cost, with partial funding coming in the form of a loan.

Bid proposals will be due by 3 p.m. on May 5, and then publicly opened and read aloud. Bids must be for trucks that have never been in service before, and that meet or exceed all standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.

Perham Fire Chief Mark Schmidt said the department is looking forward to getting a new, 750gpm truck.

“We’ll gain pumping capacity,” he said. “And that just allows us to be flexible.”

Schmidt plans to review all bids with his department after May 5, and then come back to the council with his recommendation. A delivery date for the new tanker will be specified in the bid proposal.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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