Now they have a bucket truck, courtesy of Ameren Illinois. Moweaqua resident Jon King worked for Ameren for many years, and when he retired, the utility presented the village with a retired 2006 Freightliner truck at his request. We always say Ameren Illinois co-workers not only work in the community but we live here, too, and that is the case for Jon, said Ron Pate, senior vice president of operations and technical services. Shortly after Jon announced his retirement, he approached me with the idea to retire his truck and donate it to his hometown, which was in need of a bucket truck. original site“I am glad we are able to make the contribution possible. I know the village of Moweaqua will put the truck to good use. But Ameren didn’t stop there. The Moweaqua Community Fire District also received a grant toward a new training building. Fire Chief Ramiro Estrada said the firefighters, all volunteers, have had to travel to the University of Illinois for training, and that means that whoever was away training was too far away from the village to be available in case of a fire. We want to do live rescue and controlled burns (training), Estrada said. The days of old abandoned houses are gone, and we want to get some hands-on experience for the younger guys. People used to offer old houses to fire departments for controlled-burn training, but that happens more seldom now, and doesn’t allow for regularly scheduled training because the department can’t plan around donations.
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