The city of Decorah will borrow up to $650,000 to pay for a new joint city/rural rescue pumper truck.

At its meeting last week, the Decorah City Council approved the loan agreement following a public hearing. There were no comments from constituents.

Decorah firefighters and members of the Decorah Rural Fire Protective Association have been working for several months on specifications for a new truck that would serve both the city and rural areas. The Fire Department and the Association will each own half the truck.

The Decorah Rural Fire Protective Association is made up of township trustees who operate and provide funding for the Association.

The new truck will be utilized both in the city and the rural areas as the first-arriving truck and will improve response time, according to Steve Vanden Brink, public information officer for the Decorah Fire Department. The new truck is expected to last 25 to 30 years.

City Manager Chad Bird said the cost of the truck for the average homeowner would be approximately $25 per year for the five years it will take to pay off the truck loan.