Two fire engines purchased after the tornado struck Joplin in 2011 are being added to the city's permanent fleet.
Joplin Public Information Officer Lynn Onstot says the fire engines were purchased by the city in December 2011 for $614,000 as temporary replacement vehicles. Since then the city has added permanent vehicles to replace those lost in the tornado.
Now, thanks to a reimbursement from FEMA, the engines purchased in December 2011 are being used to replace older engines in the city's fleet that have aged out and will be salvaged.
The reimbursement from FEMA keeps the city from having to buy new trucks at this time, saving the city about $390,000.