Old Lisbon Firetruck Getting New Life

LISBON, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Members of the Lisbon City Council could approve an unusual second life for an old, worn out fire truck at a council meeting Monday night. The city’s public works director wants to convert it into a city dump truck.

This 1993 Lisbon pumper truck is at the end of its useful life as a fire truck. But the city's public works director is asking council permission to convert it to a dump truck.

The 1993 pumper truck still runs. But Travis Bagby, public works director, says the truck has outlived its usefulness as a piece of firefighting equipment due to issues with pumps and other things.

So with council approval, he’ll have workers salvage the truck chassis and replace the fire equipment with a new dump truck box for hauling debris and other material for the city.

He says except for the blue emergency lights that will remain on the top, few will probably ever know the truck started out life fighting fires after the conversion is complete.

“People kind of look at you funny when you tell them you will take a fire truck and turn it into a dump truck. The way I look at it, it’s still a good truck and we need to keep it and use it for things we can,” Bagby said.

Bagby says the conversion will cost the city around $18,000. But the cost of a good used dump truck runs from $50,000 to $70,000.

So he figures the city will come out ahead.