3500-Gallon Tankers Built By Rural/Metro for $30,000

Issue 7 and Volume 130.

3500-Gallon Tankers Built By Rural/Metro for $30,000 features Five 3500-gallon tankers are being placed in service by the Rural/MetroFire Department, Inc., in southern and central Arizona. The tankers will provide a better water supply in areas with few or no hydrants served by Rural/Metro. Rural/Metro Vice President Ron Butler estimates $15,000 was saved on each vehicle by designing and building them through the department rather than purchasing factory-built units. The total cost per tanker was $30,000. The tanks are mounted on Dodge 800 heavy-duty chassis with 12-forwardspeed manual transmissions. The tankers, which were assembled in Phoenix, have a 750-gpm pump and carry 200 feet of 2 1/2 -inch and 300 feet of 1 1/2-inch hose, and a 1000-gallon portable reservoir. There is a 4-inch dump valve at the rear of each tank. Rural/Metro has placed one tanker in service with its Sun City Fire District operation and assigned two others…

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