Disposal of property owned by the Newburg fire department began Tuesday night when the board of aldermen voted to donate firefighters’ gear to the Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District.

Disposal of property owned by the Newburg fire department began Tuesday night when the board of aldermen voted to donate firefighters’ gear to the Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District.
The board also accepted an offer from the district for air packs and other equipment.
Finally, the board voted to advertise the fire truck for sale.
In September, the Newburg board voted to contract with the Doolittle rural fire department to provide fire protection inside the city limits. In October, the board discussed disposal of the fire department’s gear, equipment and apparatus.
Capt. Adam Birdsong, of the Doolittle rural fire department, Tuesday night reported on his survey of the Newburg equipment.
The truck could be worth $10,000-$12,000, Birdsong said, although there is an issue with the color. It is yellow, not a popular color with fire departments. The pump also has a 500-gallon-per-minute capacity, which is nowadays considered low. Birdsong said there is extrication equipment, air packs and a gas vent fan that could be sold. In fact, he said, the Doolittle rural fire board would offer $3,000.
“You can’t sell your gear,” Birdsong said. Legally, it can only be donated or destroyed. It is too good to destroy, he said, adding that the Doolittle department would be happy to accept it.
The Newburg board voted to donate the equipment that is no longer needed to the Doolittle department. The Newburg board also decided to sell the equipment for $3,000. Once the Doolittle board formally votes at its Nov. 26 meeting to accept it, that transaction will be complete.
The board decided to advertise the truck, with a reserve, on govdeals.com, a national website used by Rolla city government and other municipalities to dispose of property.
Birdsong noted that at least one area fire department has expressed interest in buying the truck. He recommended advertising the truck locally, too, with a link to the govdeals.com site.
“You’ll get calls from all over the country from govdeals,” he said.
In other fire department discussion, Birdsong noted the department used 4,500 gallons of city water Oct. 16 for a Fire Prevention Week event for elementary school pupils in grades kindergarten through four.
During the event, the youngsters are shown the firefighters’ gear and equipment, including the truck. They are given packets of information.
The children also get a chance to spray water. All children get that chance, so a quantity of water was used.
In other business or discussion:
n Mayor James Poucher signed three contracts for Integrity Engineering. Steven L. Stack, project engineer with Integrity Engineering Inc., took the signed contracts to send to the Department of Natural Resources.
n After brief discussion regarding the cutting of limbs and brush along electrical lines, as well as chipping the vegetation into mulch, the board directed City Clerk Phyllis Harris to obtain a firm bid from a local contractor who had said he could do the work for less than it would cost the city to rent the equipment required for city employees to complete the job.
n Police Chief Chris Finch reported that Sgt. Brant Webber has been signed up for additional training. The new training session will focus on report writing. Finch also reported that an additional radar unit is needed, and he is gathering prices and specifications for the board.
n Regarding property clean-up, Finch noted letters have been written to landowners.
n Harris noted that a FEMA representative had visited Newburg last week. Webber said the federal official offered to provide cold mix for street repair of flood damage.
n The board met in a closed emergency session to discuss city employees.