The Elko (NV) county commission voted to purchase two fire engines, to help replace three the state will take out of the area once fire fighting changes to county management.
At the start of next year, the county is planning to take over command of the fire district, which has been managed by the Nevada Division of Forestry for decades, to comply with a decision made by the Nevada Legislature.
Gary Zunino, fire district administrator, said the state will take three trucks, one each from Wells, Lee Engine Company and Jiggs Volunteer Fire Department.
As the county prepares to transition, it has begun hiring personnel for the fire district and taking an inventory of its equipment.
Total cost of the two trucks, plus equipment, totals $610,000.
Originally the county budget committee agreed to purchase a new fire truck this fiscal year, with an understanding the district would request another one next year as it prepared to take over the district.
Logan Sampson of the Ruby Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, who negotiated with the manufacturer, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, said the county was offered a discount equal to about $8,395 if it paid for two trucks up front.
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