The Payne County Commission opened bids Monday for new fire trucks for the Perkins and Ingalls fire departments.
Chief Fire and Safety was the sole bidder to provide a new engine to the Perkins Fire Department. The $318,000 apparatus has a larger tank at 3,500 gallons and more pump capacity than the department’s older trucks.
Perkins Fire Chief Joe Barta said when the engine comes in, it will replace an older one that is expected to be sold to another department in the county.
Proceeds from the sale will go back into the county fund originally used to buy the truck.
Fire departments in Payne County divide a portion of the revenue collected through a three-eighths cent county sales tax and the receipts from a one-sixteenths cent county sales tax dedicated to rural fire service.
The extra money has enabled Perkins to replace older equipment and gear and improve its service, which benefits county residents.
Like most departments in the county, Perkins has been able to reduce its ISO rating, a score based on the quality of fire protection services and infrastructure, that affect how much property owners pay for insurance, Barta said.
The Ingalls Fire Department is still evaluating three bids for outfitting a Ford F-350 extended cab pickup, purchased for $29,900 through a state purchasing contract, for use as a brush truck.
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