The Taylor Fire Department will receive a new fire truck in about a month and has applied for two grants in the hope of updating its aging fleet.
Three of the department’s five trucks are about 15 years old. The oldest truck dates to 1993. One 1996 model needs repairs that are not cost-effective to make, Fire Chief Steve Portis said.
The fleet is frequently in need of repair. The department has occasionally kept trucks from neighboring cities on hand in order to be properly prepared to respond to emergencies. Sharing equipment between cities is not uncommon, Portis said.
The truck the department soon will receive is a stock or demonstration model and cost $373,000. The department had received quotes of about $510,000 for a new truck.
The city recently emerged from a deficit; 11 firefighters were laid off earlier this year but a few were recalled after Taylor received a federal grant to fund them.
A $250,000 deposit from a developer who bought city-owned land on Ecorse Road near the Taylor Meadows Golf Course will be used to partially fund the purchase, city officials said.
To further upgrade the fleet, the department is applying for funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and from a state program to aid financially distressed cities.
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