Bid made for new fire truck

By Rebecca McCutcheon
Cowley Courier Traveler – May 15, 2017

The Winfield Fire/EMS Department is looking to replace Engine 71.

Winfield firefighters, led by Capt. Chad Mayberry, presented information about a new engine to the Winfield City Commission at a Thursday work session.

The current engine is 18 years old. Industry standards recommend fire engines be replaced after 15 years.

“This truck has served us well, but it’s really starting to show its age,” Mayberry said.

The current Engine 71 — a 1999 Pierce Saber model — has a 1,250 gallons per minute (GPM) pump and holds 750 gallons of water. The replacement — a Pierce PUC Dash CF — would have a 1,500 GPM pump and also holds 750 gallons of water.

Features of the new model include easier pump maintenance, pump-and-roll capability and increased storage capacity. Safety features include airbags, which the current Engine 71 does not have, and rollover protection.

The department is requesting $750,000 for the replacement in its 2018 budget, Mayberry said. In the 2017 fire/EMS budget, $100,000 is being transferred from capital outlay to the equipment reserve fund to start the purchase process.

The cost of the replacement truck is $706,000, although Mayberry said numbers have not been finalized yet.

There is also a 10-year lease-purchase option with a turn-in plan, which Mayberry said the department would like to pursue. In this option, the truck can either be turned in for a newer model after 10 years or the city can pay it off and keep it.

Under the lease-purchase, the first year’s payment would be nothing, followed by two annual payments of $50,000, then payments of around $78,000 per year until the end of the lease, for total payments of $725,544.

If the city purchases this truck, the current Engine 71 will be relocated to Strother Field, where Winfield Fire/EMS keeps some equipment on hand, said fire chief Alan Stoll. The fire engine currently at Strother Field would be removed from service.


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