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Minot Fire Department getting a grassfire unit

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 4:03 PM CDT
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MINOT, N.D. – The Minot Fire Department will soon have some new options for dealing with grassfires in our area.

The department’s trucks are too heavy to drive out to many grassfire scenes. The new unit will allow them to drive off road to fight fires.

“A smaller unit, more mobile that we don’t have to stretch all these lines off our big trucks and makes it easier on the guys. Moving all that water gets heavy and wears a guy out,” said William Decoteau, firefighter.

The unit has been on the shopping list for years.

“Constraints in the past have kind of kicked this off the budget, and we’re happy to finally be getting it. We were able to get a different vehicle at a much cheaper price through the state, and that left us some money to get this grass unit,” said Battalion Chief Glen Hardy.

Hardy says the unit should be here in late spring, early summer.

“It’ll be a big assistance, we’ve already had a couple grassfires this year with it being so dry,” said Decoteau.

Minot fire responds to an average of 20 grassfires in the summer months according to Hardy.

The purchase was approved in the last week by the Minot City Council.

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