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Mercer Fire station revamped with new truck


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MERCER, Wis. — The town of Mercer’s Section 24 fire station recently went through some major reconstruction and received a brand new firetruck, according to Beth Wetzler, deputy town clerk in Mercer.

Fire chief Steve Altman said the station is at least 70 years old and was need of repair. He said the roof leaked and the windows were only single pane.

Altman said construction work on the station located on County Road FF was completed in September and included a new roof, windows, garage doors and furnace.

He said they replaced the windows with thermal pane windows, and the garage doors are now insulated. The repairs make the station more energy efficient, Altman said.

The new firetruck was manufactured by Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, and according to Altman cost nearly $500,000. The firetruck the station had been using was built in 1979, and is “showing its age,” he said.

The old firetruck will go up for sale, Altman said. Some municipalities buy older trucks and bring them up to code, he added.