New Port Richey City Council members approved buying a new fire truck for $435,000.
The city fleet includes three fire engines and a ladder truck, Fire Chief Alex Onishenko explained in a recent memo.
For a week last summer, the department was operating with only one fire engine. The other two were out of service while at specialty shops to repair mechanical problems, according to Onishenko.
The department wants to replace the 1996 Sutphen fire truck, which was in regular use for 13 years, Onishenko reported. Because of the age of the vehicle, the 1996 truck has little trade-in value. So the city probably will have to pursue marketing the truck to rural volunteer fire departments.
The city will buy its new Pierce fire truck pumper from Ten-8 Fire Equipment, in Bradenton. Since fire trucks are custom-built, the city should take delivery of the new engine by July 2014, Onishenko said.
The company gave the city a price break on the vehicle through a prepay discount payment. Under standard financing, the fire engine would have cost nearly $450,000. The New Port Richey budget contains enough for the $435,000 purchase price.For more information, view suncoastnews.com