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Fire department takes bids for truck

Fire officials are a small step closer to getting a new water tanker truck.

Officials with the Craig Rural Fire Protection District reviewed bids for a new cab and chassis for the truck at their regular board meeting Thursday night. Officials received five bids from companies in Grand Junction and Denver ranging from about $90,000 to $140,000.

The fire district received as much as a $60,000 matching energy assistance grant from Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs to help fund the truck.

Fire Chief Chris Nichols said he expects costs for the new truck to come in at about $120,000. Fire officials previously were worried that having one operational water tanker truck could pose problems if firefighters had to respond to simultaneous calls.

Board chairman Tommy Cot–ton said the department was relieved to receive the grant after being shot down in the past for three other DOLA grant applications.

The sticking point was that the fire department had money to propose a match this time, Cotton said.

“We asked for higher ticketed items in the past and proposed a match with trucks or land,” he said. “DOLA wants to see a cash match.”

Board member John Whinery said the department was able to post those funds after it sold a portion of its property behind Kmart.