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Title issue parks FDFD truck

$250,000 vehicle can’t be licensed

June 3, 2011
By BILL SHEA, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

The newest fire truck in Fort Dodge is not being used because of a paperwork issue involving the Iowa Department of Transportation, the rig's manufacturer and the city.

Fire Chief David Luers said the Department of Transportation has declined to issue a ''clear title'' for the rescue pumper delivered in April. He said that without a clear title stating the city's ownership, there is a possibility the city's insurance may not cover the truck.

''We're parking it until the DOT and the manufacturer can get a clear title,'' Luers said Thursday. ''It's a battle between the manufacturer and the DOT.''

However, Dena Gray-Fisher, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Transportation, said the city and the manufacturer, Toyne Inc., of Breda, must resolve the issue.

''It can't be licensed and a title can't be issued,'' she said. ''Nothing can happen until the city and Toyne work it out.''

Although Toyne Inc. assembled the truck, its chassis, which is basically the cab and frame, was made by HME of Wyoming, Mich. That's the root of the problem, according to Gray-Fisher. She said Toyne Inc. is not a ''licensed franchised dealer'' of HME products.

''They're not authorized to sell it as a dealer for them,'' she said.

A call seeking comment from Mike Schwabe, the president of Toyne Inc., was not immediately returned Thursday.

The truck is now sitting idle in the firehouse at 1515 Central Ave. It was last used Tuesday. Firefighters have gone back to using one of the trucks it replaced, a 1993 model, as the primary rescue unit.

A $247,500 federal grant paid most of the truck's $288,316 cost.

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