The Hollywood Park (TX) Fire Department plans to replace its 20-year-old ladder truck with an under-design new one by the end of 2022, reports exbulletin.com—though the purchase comes with a construction project.
The department has placed an order for and put a $592,190 down payment on a $1.6 million, 44-foot-long, 100-foot Pierce ladder, the report says.
Its predecessor’s ladder only reached 75 feet and is apparently shorter, as the fire hall’s bay needs to be expanded by 10 feet to fit the new apparatus, the report says.
Funds from department capital projects are being used to partially pay for the new apparatus, and the city is working with Government Capital Corp. to finance the remainder of the construction at an interest rate of 1.94% over five years, the report says.
Officials say if the city were to wait until fall 2022 to order the truck, its cost would increase by $45,000.