Chesterton (IN) to Seek New Bids to Replace Fire Apparatus

The Town Council approved the Fire Department seeking new bids to replace an existing fire truck pumper after rejecting all existing bids for new and demonstration models.

Fire Chief John Jarka said the bidding packages had deficiencies, especially in the area of material requirements. Jarka said, for instance, the bidding companies have to pay the going rate for fire truck radios.

However, as a governmental entity, the Town of Chesterton would be able to buy the radios at a discounted rate if they were purchased outside of the bidding packages.

The Town Council considered seven bids for the fire truck pumper in April, with three of the bids being for demonstration models. The bids for a new replacement ranged from a high of $584,961 from Ferrara Fire Apparatus of Evansville to a low of $465,803 from Hoosier Fire Equipment of Valparaiso.

The previous demonstration model bids ranged from a high of $469,469 from Fire Service Inc. of St. John to a low of $379,503 from Donley Safety of Indianapolis.

Jarka said he hopes to have the new bids submitted to town attorney Charles Lukmann in two to three weeks.

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