The Rush City Fire Department held a celebration at the Rush City Fire Hall of a loan closing for a brand-new enclosed top-mount pumper fire truck with a $252,000 check from East Central Energy Thursday, Oct. 31.

John Bosman from East Central Energy thanked Rush City Administrator Amy Mell for applying for the loan.

“It’s a 0% interest loan that comes from the USDA Red L&G Program,” Bosman said. “East Central has some funds involved with that as well. Every dollar of this money gets put back into a revolving loan fund.”

Mell said a lot of paperwork went into getting this loan and thanked everyone who worked on the process.

“To the people who made this happen, and the people who worked on it, thank you for what you do,” Isaac Shultz from Congressman Pete Stauber’s office said. “It’s great to have a partner in USDA and have a program like this. We want to make sure rural communities thrive.”

The new fire truck replaces a 1992 fire truck the Fire Department had for years. The new truck came from Custom Fire located in Osceola, Wisconsin.

“It’s a 2019 Spartan MetroStar Chassis with 450 horsepower with an automatic transmission and cruise seating for six people,” Jessie Corey from Custom Fire said. “It has a 1,500 gpm (gallons per minute) water pump, interior top mount controls and a 1,250 gallon water tank capacity.”

Other features of the new truck are interior cab overhead cabinets, adjustable compartment shelving, pull-out compartment trays and tool boards, hydraulic drop-down ladder rack, overheard storage pods with lift-up lids, as well as many other special features.

“Thanks to all our partners (East Central Energy, Great River Energy and USDA),” Rush City Fire Chief Bob Carlson said. “In replacing our 1992 engine, the quality and craftsmanship of our new truck will last for many years to come.”

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