Semmes Fire Rescue received city council approval to purchase two new fire trucks at last night’s City Council meeting. The funding request passed with all council members voting for approval. Delivery of the new trucks is anticipated in sixty days or less.
In early February, Mayor David Baker encouraged Fire Chief Kevin Brooks to accelerate his fire vehicle replacement plan due to continued growth of the city’s residential and business areas and the city’s ongoing efforts to further improve the city’s ISO rating.
Chief Brooks located two suitable fire engines available for purchase on fire-fighting duty at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida. The engines were based at the speedway by agreement between the engine manufacturer, Pierce Manufacturing, Inc., and the speedway. By agreement, the engines were used for fire fighting at the speedway and made available for inspection by visiting fire personnel and other interested parties. The fire trucks were classified as in stock demos. One truck has approximately 600 miles on the odometer and the other approximately 800 and both have built-in foam capabilities.
Councilman Platt notified other council members that $250,000 still remains for fire vehicles as previously allocated in the city budget and asked the council to let that sum remain for additional fire and rescue vehicles. Councilman Smith, chair person of the finance committee, stated funds were available from the general fund to purchase the two new trucks, therefore the $250,000 could remain for the fire department’s future use. Purchase price for the two Pierce Saber Pumpers is $853,934.00.