Habersham County government officials voted to purchase a used fire truck to update the county’s fleet without undue financial burden on taxpayers.
Director of Fleet Service Steve Seabolt said the 2001 Ferrara Freightliner should see less maintenance issues than the 1989 truck it will replace.
The $85,000 purchase from Bradford Fire Apparatus (Bradford Tri-County Marketing Inc.) in Fort Myers Beach (FL) will come from the current Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
“This is the best deal in a truck that we can find,” Seabolt said. “It’s actually owned by Palm Beach Fire Department, and the company that we’re looking at bought four of them from them, and we went down and looked at the truck we wanted out of the three they had left.”
Per the advertisement for bids, the truck features an 8.3-liter Cummins engine, Allison automatic transmission, air-conditioned cab, electric siren and siren speaker, two air horns, two telescoping lights, a lightbar, two rear strobe lights, 10 flashing lights and two rear scene lights, three new batteries, a top-mount Hale 1250 Pump with 750-gallon poly tank, a Honda powered generator, booster reel with hose, deck gun, 24-foot extension ladder, 14-foot roof ladder, and 10-foot folding attic ladder.
The other bid received was from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus LLC in Union Grove, Ala., but that bid did not qualify because it was for a pre-2000 model fire truck. The advertisement for bids specified it was the purchase of a used 2000 or newer truck.
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