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Mon April 29, 2013

FEMA gives Joplin deal on 2 fire engines

The federal government is giving the city of Joplin a deal on two fire engines it loaned the city after the 2011 tornado.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency bought the trucks as loaners and allowed the city to use them after two of its fire stations were destroyed by the May 2011 tornado.

Fire Chief Mitch Randles says the city will pay $233,000 for the two 2010 engines. They would have cost a combined $614,000 if purchased new.

Randles says the trucks should last at least 20 years.

The Joplin Globe reports the city council also has approved construction bids on two new fire stations and ground work has begun at the sites.