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By Erin Schwager

Royal wins bid for new engine


December 17, 2020

Erin Schwager

Fire apparatus • Royal Volunteer Fire Department members check out the latest addition to the squad's fleet. Taking a look at the fire engine during a Dec. 10 meeting are (front row, l-r): Clay Curtis, Ross Becklun, Alan Colson, Austin Hilkemeier, Larry Hurtig; Gary Ober; (back row, l-r): Max Hieter, Corey Curtis, Aaron Schleusener, Colton Hahn, Jake Johnston, Colton Beed, Seth Andersen, Seth Snodgrass, Duaine Brandt and Butch Hergert.

This year has been extremely hard on small-town fire departments. Within the past two months alone, the Royal Volunteer Fire Department has responded to six calls in the area.

On a brighter note, department members recently received exciting news: They are now the proud new owners of another fire truck.

On Nov. 2, the Bloomfield Rural Fire District, opened bids on a 1999 GMC Topkick 7500 Midwest Pumping Unit fire truck.

Royal firefighters, with the help of the Orchard Rural Fire Board, submitted a bid.

Royal Fire Chief Gary Ober received a phone call the first week of December stating bi...

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