Brownwood, Texas–A new Ferrarra quint with a 100’ ladder will be delivered to the Brownwood Fire Department, replacing a 1997 truck that has become a significant maintenance expense, according to city officials. “The new truck will will provide the reliability necessary to allow fire & rescue to continue to provide safety services to the residents, businesses and industry of Brownwood” said city manager Bobby Rountree. City council members approved the purchase at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
The new truck is actually a Ferrara demo that became available at a significant discount, costing $970,000, rather than the typical new price of over $1.2 million. The purchase will be financed through a 7-year capital lease with Citizen’s National Bank. Three quarterly payments totaling $112,000 would be made during the current fiscal year with funds provided by the Brown County Water Improvement District buy-in, which totaled $822,087. (The Cities of Early and Zephyr became official water customers of BCWID in August after paying a “buy-in” lump-sum amount based on a share of the bond payments already made by current BCWID customers. This “buy-in” payment was reimbursed to current customers Brownwood, Brookesmith and Bangs.) There will be 6 ¼ years of payments remaining in future years with annual payments of approximately $150,000, which would be included in future years’ budgets.
The old Quint would either be repaired and sold or sold “as is”