Zachary (LA) Seeks Financing for Fire Apparatus

The Zachary (LA) City Council agreed to seek State Bond Commission approval for financing the purchase of a new pumper-ladder fire truck.

Fire Chief Danny Kimble said the city has an opportunity to buy a slightly used fire truck equipped with an extension ladder for $685,000.

The truck is a demonstration model with 16,000 miles on it, but the manufacturer will give the city a new-truck warranty, Kimble said.

To maintain its fire insurance rating, the department will need to add a ladder truck to its fleet when the city has five buildings with three stories or more.

The city now has four, and there is a question of whether the design of the new Zachary High School gymnasium makes it technically a fifth three-story structure.

Kimble said the city will not get insurance rating credit for the truck until it adds more employees to the department, but the purchase offer is worth moving to buy it now. The truck will function as a pumper at first but its ladder still will be available in fighting fires, he said.

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