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If you’ve always wanted a fire truck . . .

If you’ve ever been in the market for an ambulance or a fire truck, now is your chance.

The Lathrop Manteca Fire District is currently accepting bids as part of an auction of surplus vehicles that have since been replaced, including a 1997 Pierce Saber 65-foot Telesquirt with a 1000 gallon-per-minute GPM Master Stream pump.

The fire truck, which includes a Detroit 40 Series diesel engine, an Allison transmission, a Honda 500 watt generator, and an additional 1250 GPM Waterous 2 Stage Pump, is starting with an opening bid of $20,000. The fire truck has 118,459 miles, 1,381 aerial hours, and 11,089 engine hours – serving the people reliably as a workhorse vehicle for years. It has since been replaced by used piece of apparatus that has already been delivered.

It seats six people inside of the cab of the truck with 5 SBCA seats and includes a hosebed that can hold hundreds of feet of fire hose.

If it’s an ambulance you’re looking for, the agency is also auctioning a 1997 Ford E-Series Ambulance Conversion that has served for years a dive-team response vehicle.

According to Division Chief Larry Madoski, the repurposed ambulance allowed for storage of dive equipment for the department’s dive rescue team and allowed for responders to suit-up on scene in a climate controlled environment. The ability to cool and heat the inside of the vehicle also allowed a place to temporarily store and rehabilitate those who have been pulled out of the water – while rescues are more common during the summer months when more people are out on the water, frigid winter rescues are not unheard of and have happened in the recent past such as when a man sat on log along the banks of the San Joaquin River to eat lunch and it floated away, requiring a rescue.

The 7.3-liter Ford diesel-powered ambulance unit has 99,600 miles and seating for 6 people and includes an abundance of interior and exterior storage. The minimum bid price for the ambulance is $5,000.

Also for sale is a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck with a camper shell. The truck, which includes a 4.6-leader Triton engine and an automatic transmission, has 121,445 miles on it and is opening with a bid price of $1,500.

All bids must be sealed in a 9’-by-12’ manila envelope labeled “bid” and delivered to 19001 Somerston Parkway in Lathrop – the River Islands fire station – by 3 p.m. on Monday, June 15. Bids must indicate what vehicle are being bid on, along with the contact information of the bidder.

For additional information, contact Lathrop Manteca Fire District Battalion Chief Josh Capper via email at with the subject line “Surplus Apparatus.”

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.