Hawk Point, Mo. - The Fire Chief Bob Gauldin of Hawk Point Fire Protection District, has been in this position for two years, said that HPFPD recently purchased a new 2018 fire truck. The purchase was made available with the new tax increase passed by residents in November. The department tax increase is a 14 cent increase, and 100% of that money is going to pay for the new truck.
“My goal is to get the new truck out,” Gauldin said.
He wants to let the public know that they authorized the new tax increase and that the publics money will be put to good use.
Some of the highlights for the new truck are that it fits six firemen, the truck has plenty of space for their equipment and it has a 1,000-gallon tank that doesn’t leak.
Gauldin said that the fire protection district is planning on paying the new truck off in four-and-a-half years.
The old fire truck a 1998 edition and that HPFPD might have been the second or third owner. The tank is also 1,000 gallons, but it leaked and there is limited space for firemen plus gear.
According to Gauldin, used cars are worth more than the 1998 fire truck. He said, “There is not much in the market for this old of truck.”
Currently Gauldin has the old truck at a shop in Troy being repaired. There is wear-and-tear on the seats and the truck used outdated equipment.
“We run a little over 200 calls a year and the people depend on (our equipment) and they depend on us to keep it running,” Gauldin said. “It is borderline on even being usable for a front line truck. When you call 911, you don’t want us to get the jumper cables out and start the truck.”