Lind­say OKS new fire truck

City to en­ter into a 10-year plan with Mea­sure O funds

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The City of Lind­say’s Pub­lic Safety De­part­ment will soon get a new fire truck.

The Lind­say City Coun­cil ap­proved Di­rec­tor Chris Hughes’ re­quest Tues­day night to pur­chase a 2017 fire truck from Ap­ple­ton, Wisc.-based man­u­fac­turer Pierce Man­u­fac­tur­ing. Mea­sure O funds are mak­ing this pur­chase pos­si­ble.

In June, Lind­say vot­ers ap­proved Mea­sure O, a 1 per­cent sales tax in­crease.

“This is ex­cit­ing,” Hughes said of the de­part­ment get­ting a brand new fire en­gine. “That’s some­thing I’ve never seen in my life­time.”

At the coun­cil meet­ing, Hughes pro­vided three fire trucks from three dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers for the coun­cil to choose from.

The first man­u­fac­turer Hughes pre­sented was Rosen­bauer, which he said is a pop­u­lar fire en­gine the Porter­ville Fire De­part­ment uti­lizes quite reg­u­larly.

Other than be­ing the most ex­pen­sive op­tion at $676,703, which would be due upon de­liv­ery, Hughes said an­other draw­back to Rosen­bauer’s fire en­gines is that they fol­low a cookie cut­ter de­sign.

“It comes like it is, you don’t get to pick and choose,” Hughes said, adding that, “Some agen­cies com­plain that it is not tai­lor-made for their needs so they have a lot of wasted space.”

The only plus side to Rosen­bauer, Hughes said, is that the city would be able to get the fire truck “real quick,” be­cause they are avail­able.

The sec­ond man­u­fac­turer on Hughes’ list was E-one or Emer­gency One In­cor­po­rated.

With E-one, Hughes said there are sev­eral build op­tions, al­low­ing fire agen­cies to con­fig­ure the truck to fit their needs. Other than the price tag of $659,109, Hughes said lo­cal agen­cies have com­plained that the trucks have a lot of re­pair is­sues. An­other down­side, Hughes said, is that there is a slow de­liv­ery be­cause “if you build it like you want it they don’t have it lay­ing around so it takes longer.”

Al­though pur­chas­ing a fire en­gine from Pierce Man­u­fac­tur­ing will take

about a year to build, Hughes said he and Bret Har­mon, the city’s fi­nance di­rec­tor, be­lieve the truck of­fers more pros than cons.

In ad­di­tion to it be­ing much more af­ford­able at $604,694, Hughes said Pierce’s fire trucks are also known to be very de­pend­able and have low main­te­nance costs. Hughes added that Pierce also al­lows fire agen­cies to cus­tom­ize fire en­gines, and of­fers a 10-year pay­ment plan, which Har­mon said is ex­tremely help­ful for the city.

Har­mon said be­cause the city doesn’t have to start mak­ing pay­ments un­til the truck is de­liv­ered, “that gives us time to get that [re­serves] in there [Mea­sure O],” he said.

He added, “The price fits just what we are look­ing for.”

With Mea­sure O funds, Har­mon said the city will be able to make pay­ments of about $67,000 a year for 10 years.

“So you just lease it through­out that time,” he said.

Hughes said the city will most likely start mak­ing pay­ments a year from Tues­day, Sept. 12.

Even though Pierce has a shop in Sacra­mento, Har­mon said the fire en­gine will be built at its site in Wis­con­sin.

Hughes said Pierce will fly him and oth­ers for a com­pre­hen­sive over­view of what the fire en­gine will con­sist

of be­fore it is built.

“They will fly us out again to check it out and make sure it is go­ing well,” Hughes said, adding, “Then they will drive it from Wis­con­sin to the shop here in Cal­i­for­nia where they will go over it com­pletely again and make sure noth­ing is bro­ken or cracked and all that stuff, and then they de­liver it.”

Mayor Pro Tem Danny Sali­nas ques­tioned if the city’s cur­rent fire truck, Truck 87, will hold up for an­other year while the new one is be­ing built.

Hughes said some­times Truck 87 “works like a champ,” and other times it doesn’t hardly work at all, but noted that af­ter nu­mer­ous re­pairs “it is work­ing fine right now.”

“It is old, tem­per­a­men­tal and we have to kind of baby it, but the good thing is we only need it about five times a year on av­er­age so that helps,” Hughes said.

Hughes said the city pur­chased its cur­rent Truck 87, which is a man­ual trans­mis­sion 1983 Spar­tan Van­pelt, from the City of Porter­ville in the early 2000s.

In terms of what the city will do with the truck once the new one ar­rives, Hughes said there are a num­ber of op­tions such as do­nat­ing it to a mu­seum or auc­tion­ing it off.

“It just de­pends on what the best op­tion for the city is,” he said.


The Lind­say City Coun­cil ap­proved Tues­day the pur­chase of a brand new fire truck for the city’s pub­lic safety de­part­ment. The city will fi­nance the truck, which is be­ing pur­chased through Pierce Man­u­fac­tur­ing, with its Mea­sure O funds.

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