Delivery for Carthage's new firetruck expected this month

A slideshow at the Carthage Fire Department’s annual banquet recently depicts what the department's new firetruck looks like. The $335,288 truck is expected to be delivered later in December.

Christmas this year means a new truck for the Carthage Fire Department.

Fire Marshal Randy Liedtke said the firetruck is expected to arrive later this month. Liedtke and Assistant Fire Chief Gene Giles recently traveled up to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for an inspection of the vehicle, which is a 2019 Rosenbauer-brand truck. It holds 1,500 gallons of water and has a 1,500-gallon-per-minute pump.

It was delivered to Fort Worth last week, and Carthage firefighters took equipment that will be mounted as it’s completed.

City commissioners approved spending $335,288 for the truck in September 2018. It replaces a 44-year old model that the department had to take out of commission because of safety concerns.