Members of the Pelican Rapids Volunteer Fire Department, with the new pumper-tanker that was delivered in late August.
The unit is expected to be equipped and active this week, and will be on display for the Fire Department open house Oct. 9 at the Fire Hall.
This 1990 truck has been retired by the Pelican Rapids Volunteer Fire Department and was sold to the Barney, North Dakota, rural fire department.

Firehall open house will feature new equipment October 9

By Louis Hoglund

The newest addition to the Pelican Rapids Fire Department fleet is slick, shiny, functional, practical–and mostly a Minnesota-made unit.  

The Pelican department took delivery of the 2019 Freightliner pumper-tanker in late August.  Pelican area residents will have an opportunity to get a look at the 2,000 gallon capacity truck at the annual firehall open house, Oct. 9.

At $315,000, it’s a big investment.  But considering the present 1990 General Motors Corporation rig served the department for almost 30 years–it is a long term investment.  The pumper-tanker is capable of 1,250 gallon water flow per minute, so it is also a valuable piece of machinery for protecting home and commercial property owners in the Pelican service area.

With two Minnesota companies  involved in the manufacturing, it is a “homegrown” rig, noted Pelican Fire Chief Trevor Steeves. 

Resenbauer Equipment, of Wyoming, Minn., manufactures the pumper-tanker–on a 2019 Freightliner chassis. Meanwhile, the pump equipment is made by Waterous, a Twin Cities metro area company. 

The old truck sold for $12,000.  Proceeds from the sale will, in large part, be used to re-equip the new truck with tools, hose nozzles and other gear, said Steeves. Thanks to state fire assistance matching grant of $3,350, the equipment for the new pumper-tanker, combined with the sale of the old truck, means the rig will be fully equipped at nearly no cost to the taxpayers, noted Steeves.      

With the delivery of the new rig, the retired Pelican Rapids truck will be moving west–across the Red River. 

Purchasing the truck was the volunteer fire department of Barney, North Dakota. Barney is a small community of about 50 people in about two dozen households–surrounded by farmland, west of Wahpeton. 

Pelican has a local connection to Barney, in the farthest southeasterly corner of North Dakota, Richland County. Jim Habberman, a former Pelican Rapids firefighter and longtime employee at West Central Turkeys, is a native of Barney, noted Steeves. 

“We were happy that the truck would go to a department that could really use it,” Steeves commented, at an August Pelican city council meeting.