Brooklyn Park (MN) Council Member Opposes New Fire Apparatus

The Brooklyn Park Fire Department is getting a new $500,000 fire truck. The city council approved the purchase at its March 2 regular meeting on a vote of 6-1.

The truck will come from Custom Fire Apparatus of Osceola, Wisconsin. The Fire Department truck committee visited three companies before deciding on Custom Fire Apparatus, saying it offered the most options at the lowest prices, according to city council documents.

The truck costs $495,844 and will cost an additional $9,500 for the striping, decals and radio installation. The city only budgeted $425,000 for the truck, so they voted to amend the city’s capital equipment plan to accommodate the extra expense.

The department will sell the current truck, and the money will be returned to the Heritage Infrastructure Fund.

Council member Bob Mata voted against it, saying the department has cut staffing and that he can’t justify spending that much on a truck when they aren’t going to have anyone to drive it.

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