Nicholasville (KY) Approves Fire Apparatus Purchase

The Nicholasville city commission elected to purchase a new truck through Seagrave, and have the city work out the best available financing at the time the money is needed.

The pumper engine in question will be built by the Wisconsin-based Seagrave Fire Apparatus for a cost of $495,683.

Fire chief Charles Brumfield said Seagrave’s wasn’t the lowest bid of the three companies who bid but it met the specifications outlined by the fire department.

“Even though it’s not the low bid, the Seagrave (truck), I feel, will provide the city citizens better long-term value overall due to its durability,” Brumfield said.

The city also received bids from Kovatch Mobile Equipment (KME) for $459,306 and Pierce Manufacturing for slightly more than $500,000.

The fire chief said the Seagrave truck would be built with better design and construction materials and it met the cab dimensions, which KME did not.

The commission also asked the fire chief to see if Seagrave offered a discount for up-front payment so it could explore that option.

The new truck is needed to replace an outdated 1989 model, which is the city’s primary back-up. Once the new truck is ordered, it will take approximately 280 days for Seagraves to deliver it to the city.

At that time, the city’s current engine No. 2 — a 1996 model — will be moved into a reserve role and the 1989 model will be sold as surplus, the fire chief said.

Brumfield said the new truck will feature LED lighting, which is favored over incandescent lighting.

“This truck will also have hydraulic hose reels for our extrication equipment,” Brumfield said. “That will save a lot of time on scenes where we have to use the Jaws of Life. That’s going to be a really nice feature for us.”

There will also be several things that are now required by NFPA that older trucks haven’t had to have, the chief said.

“It has to have seat-belt and seat-cushion sensors, which means you have to be seated and belted before the truck is able to move,” Brumfield said. “It will have the equivalent of the airplane black box, a recording device on it.”

The new truck will conform to the new 2014 Environmental Protection Agency regulations on engine exhaust and be much more fuel-efficient, Brumfield said.

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