Arkansas City (KS) Plans Fire Apparatus Purchase

The City Commission of Arkansas City (KS) will consider whether to move forward with a fast-tracked purchase of a new fire truck.

On the agenda is a resolution approving a bid and authorizing a lease-purchase agreement for the new apparatus for the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department.

The fire truck would be a 2013 Pierce Dash CF PUC (Pierce Ultimate Configuration) fire apparatus, modified to city specifications.

Commissioners previously authorized City Manager Nick Hernandez to pursue a lease-purchase agreement with Pierce at their June 18 meeting.

At the end of the 10-year lease period, the city would have the option either to purchase the PUC outright and add it to its fleet or trade it back in to Pierce, in exchange for a newer truck to be leased.

But since then, Hernandez said, he has arranged for local financing through Community National Bank and Trust at no more than 2.43 percent, which should help the city to save money in the long run.

The total amount to be financed is $587,667.

The need to purchase a new truck, originally planned for 2014, gained urgency when all three active ACFD fire trucks failed a pump test last month.

Reserve Engine 53, a 1987 Mack truck, is supposed to be able to pump 1,250 gallons per minute, but it only can manage 750 GPM.

Engine 53 is a reserve engine because it is more than 25 years old.

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