FAIRFIELD — City staff is recommending replacing two aging fire engines for a cost of $1.1 million.
The Fairfield City Council will hear the item at Tuesday’s meeting and decide whether to spend money from the Vehicle Replacement Fund. Staff is also recommending a $40,000 purchase from that fund for tools and equipment for the engines.
Maintenance issues and mileage concerns are listed in staff reports as the main factor for replacing the Type 1 engines. Type 1 engines are described as front-line structural fire fighting engines that hold up to 500 gallons. If replaced, the two engines would be put into reserve for five years, according to reports.
The two engines each have more than 190,000 miles from 15 years of service, which according to reports is five years longer than recommended. The engines are being taken out of service for repairs and maintenance more frequently than in the past, reports said.
In order to save money and time in the bidding process, Fairfield is piggybacking on a bid made by Barstow Fire Protection District.
The engines selected are from Pierce Quantum and are said to include increased safety features. Those include better vision for the driver and passenger.
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