Bay Minette (AL) to Buy Fire Apparatus

The Bay Minette City Council decided not to decide on a new fire truck vendor.

The need to replace an aging pumper truck led to a pair of bids and a pair of non bids. Financial director Joe Ladenwich said two companies wrote back and said they were not going to bid.

Ferrera Fire out of Holden (LA) submitted a bid of $388,000 for a truck to meet the specifications set out by Fire Chief Mike Minchew. Bay Fire of Bay Minette submitted a pair of concepts. One for about the same price met most of Minchew’s specs. The other, which costs more, meets and exceeds the specifications.

“No two people build the same truck,” said Dewayne Dewberry of Bay Fire. “The specifications were pretty tight. The Legends series will meet 90 percent of the specs. The Star series meets everything, but it also offers a lot of items as standard that you can’t delete.”

He said if the truck was built in the supplier’s factory in Ocala (FL) it would cost $395,000. If the supplier decided to build it in South Dakota, it would cost $407,000.

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