by Amie Sites
The Logansport City Council’s Public Safety Committee recommended the appropriation of $140,000 to purchase a used fire truck for the Logansport Fire Department at the committee’s Thursday night meeting.
Funds would be drawn from the non-reverting equipment fund to go toward a used quintuple combination pumper and ladder truck.
Fire Chief Mark Strong said the department’s existing 1985 model truck recently failed a pump test. Strong said firefighters had been looking for a newer truck for some time.
“I’ve been working on this for six weeks,” said Councilman Joe Buck, committee chairman. “The reason we are bringing it up now is because the other truck failed the pump test.”
The department is looking at a 1998 truck with new brakes and new tires, Strong said, but that truck might already be sold. Strong said his department was second in line to buy the truck, so firefighters are still looking around.
The price of the used truck is $120,000. New trucks can range anywhere from $750,000 to $1 million, Strong said.
Strong suggested that the city keep the 1985 truck and trade the oldest pumper.
“It’s not a necessity, but it’s a safety factor,” Buck said. “I think it’s a small premium compared to a new truck.”
Buck said appropriating $140,000 would allow the department to spend a little extra money to change some adapters without exceeding the appropriated amount. The amount would come from the non-reverting equipment fund, which has a balance of $1.25 million.
Buck added that the used truck should last 10 to 15 years.
The last time the department bought a new truck was in 2004, Mayor Ted Franklin said. Franklin, who is on leave from the fire department, said the city had previously spent up to $200,000 on improvements to the truck that failed the pump test.
• Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.