The Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) truck committee went on the road to look at fire trucks in Berthoud, Boulder and Superior.
In doing their research, they have found a couple of stock trucks that are available, but fire board members don’t know whether these trucks would meet Estes Valley’s specific requirements. One truck may be on sale for $350,000, but there may be some “freeze issues.”
The truck committee soon will be able to narrow in on a set of specifications for the goal of procuring a versatile vehicle that is able to respond to both wildland and structure fires.
When they visually inspect the trucks, against the specifications, they will be able to come up with some common threads. Talking to firefighters at other departments will also help the EVFPD board determine whether the purchase price per vehicle is of a proper value or a waste of money.
Board member Mark Igel said a new fire truck, typically, costs about $400,000. He asked whether the department might pursue purchasing a demo truck with options, or one that had been gently used.
Fire chief Scott Dorman said the truck committee has looked into demos. However, the vehicle must last 25 to 30 years. While a used truck may be a good one, he said, “somebody got rid of it for a reason. We don’t want to inherit problems. A new truck would meet standards, be built to our requirements.” The department does not want to settle for something they have to make work, Dorman added. A new truck may be expected to last 20 to 30 years, while you might get only 10 years out of a used truck, he said.
Igel maintained, however, that “we don’t want the most cutting-edge, brand-new, expensive” vehicle necessarily, and the department has the responsibility to look at options, with eyes and ears open. Klink said the truck committee is looking at demos and trucks that are slightly used, but, especially with all the wildfires in the last year, those vehicles are being snapped up quickly.
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