It will be used to train students studying to become firefighters

    Well, that didn’t take long.

    On the heels of approving a policy that allows the City of Crookston to donate surplus property to eligible non-profit entities after attempts to sell the property are unsuccessful, the Crookston City Council, at a Ways & Means Committee meeting this week, agreed to donate the 1977 Sutphen ladder truck it recently replaced with a newer model to Northland Community and Technical College, who will use it to educate students studying to become firefighters.

    While there were a couple casual inquiries from potential buyers, City Finance Director Angel Weasner said no serious attempts to purchase the aerial truck were made.

    Crookston Fire Chief Tim Froeber wholeheartedly endorsed the donation. “We bought that truck for $14,000 in 2003, so it doesn’t owe us any money,” he said. “It served us very well, and I’d hate to see it just go to the scrap pile.”

    Froeber said it will be a valuable teaching tool at NCTC, which, he said, is currently using a 1964 truck for student training purposes. According to a memo from this week’s meeting, the fire instructor at NCTC approached Froeber about a possible donation.

    The truck’s value is estimated to be around $10,000. The City declared it surplus property last February and has been trying to sell it ever since.

    Money is put into a CFD truck replacement fund every year, and the CFD recently purchased a newer ladder truck from Pennsylvania.