FAIRFIELD — The city will replace two aging fire engines for a cost of $1.1 million.
The Fairfield City Council voted 4-0 to purchase two Type 1 engines using money set aside in the vehicle replacement fund. Councilman John Mraz did not attend the meeting.
The item also included $40,000 to pay for equipment and tools needed on the engines.
Fire Chief Vince Webster explained to the council that the trucks are over the suggested mileage and shelf life as recommended by federal standards. He said the two engines need to be replaced to assure one doesn’t break down during an emergency situation.
City Manager Sean Quinn echoed those comments and said Fairfield is using its vehicles longer than most cities and at some point the cost of maintenance becomes more than purchasing a new vehicle.
Type 1 engines are described as front-line structural firefighting engines that hold up to 500 gallons. When replaced, the two engines would be put into reserve for five years, according to reports.
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