City set to purchase 2 new fire trucks

By From page A3 | February 03, 2013

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.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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  • RichFebruary 03, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    There's a fire station one block away from burned down Pepperbellys. Despite that, your unionized public serpents couldn't stop it. You even stupidly passed measure P and that didn't change the outcome. Now you want to continue your dumb spending and taxation to further your horrible government's extravagance and waste. You people will never get it, will you?

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