Lindsay OKS new fire truck
City to enter into a 10-year plan with Measure O funds
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.