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updated: 1/10/2013 12:32 PM

Des Plaines will buy used fire truck

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After discussing the pros and cons of purchasing pre-owned versus new equipment, the Des Plaines City Council agreed this week to buy a used aerial ladder truck from Lake Zurich for $400,000. A new truck would cost at least $900,000, said Fire Chief Alan Wax, who told alderman this 12-year-old truck is a very good deal. The truck would replace a 23-year-old one that Wax said is failing. The city owns a six-year-old ladder truck, too, and will decide in upcoming months whether it needs two ladder trucks in service at all times. However, officials said the city needs two ladder trucks even if one is kept for use as a backup rather than being always in service.

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