Salinas (CA) Council Approves $2.3 Milllon for Fire Equipment

In less than 20 minutes, Salinas City Council approved a consent agenda Tuesday night that grants the Salinas Fire Department about $2.3 million in equipment requisitions — without affecting the general fund.

Among the items approved unanimously (with Councilwoman Gloria de la Rosa absent) were the purchases of a $1.1 million tiller ladder truck, a $537,000 fire engine and a $360,000 aircraft firefighting vehicle. The tiller truck and aircraft firefighting vehicle will be paid out over a 10-year time period while the engine, which typically runs out quicker, will be paid out over the course of seven years.

Furthermore, the Fire Department has been in talks with the Salinas Municipal Airport to split the cost of the aircraft firefighting vehicle. The Airport Commission is slated to discuss the item on Feb. 27.

Also approved was $40,000 in firefighting equipment necessary to maintain “mission control.” The equipment will be used to bolster current fire apparatuses.

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