Bella Vista City Coun­cil con­sid­ers buy­ing new fire truck

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - KEITH BRYANT

BELLA VISTA — The City Coun­cil dis­cussed at a re­cent work ses­sion buy­ing a fire truck to re­place an ag­ing one on loan from Ben­ton County.

The Pierce Class A cus­tom pumper, priced at $464,346, would take the place of a 2005 In­ter­na­tional, Coun­cil­man John Flynn said. The 2005 truck, he said, is on loan at no cost to the city aside from main­te­nance, but main­te­nance is be­com­ing ex­pen­sive.

Coun­cil mem­ber Jim Woz­niak said the truck is one of sev­eral the county bought and dis­trib­uted to sev­eral vol­un­teer de­part­ments and small de­part­ments.

“They weren’t the best trucks,” he said, “and we’re talk­ing 10 or more years ago.”

Deputy Fire Chief Bryan Wolf­gang said the new truck would be as­signed to Sta­tion 3 on Glas­gow Road.

The old truck isn’t a proper fire truck, but a com­mer­cial truck out­fit­ted with pump­ing ap­pa­ra­tus. While it’s a ca­pa­ble truck, it wasn’t built for the kind of use the depart­ment puts it through, he said.

“It’s more de­signed for a vol­un­teer depart­ment that runs a cou­ple hun­dred calls a year in it, not like we use it,” he said.

In the past month, $1,600 has gone into up­keep, he said.

If the depart­ment owns its truck it can con­trol its fleet more, he said.

“The county could call us to­mor­row and pull that truck from us just like that,” Wolf­gang said. In that sce­nario, he said, the depart­ment would need to use a 2003 Ken­more truck it has as a backup, mean­ing the city wouldn’t have a backup avail­able.

If the depart­ment buys the new truck, he said, the county truck can be used as a re­serve unit while the new truck will func­tion as the pri­mary unit.

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