Fire Engine 3 has already been off the road since early November when a dime-sized hole and some corrosion in the frame rail near the exhaust system were discovered during some routine maintenance.
It will be between five and six months before the 2007 Pierce truck can be sent to
Pierce Manufacturing will only pick up the $8,330 tab for the replacing the failed galvanized frame rail, but not the $82,020 cost to remove and replace the part, Chief
But the city has learned many cities with Pierce trucks are in the same boat and are having the exact same corrosion problem,
“We really do not have any other choices,”
The 13-year-old Engine 2, out of the
While Engine 3 is away, the fire truck also will undergo refurbishing at a cost of $110,325 and will come back like new and keep the truck on the road for another 10 years. The work includes fixing worn seats, running boards, exterior corrosion and other items.
“It’s like going into battle with one boot on,” he said. “That’s the hand we’re dealt with.”
The city will pay the $115,000 for the refurbishment by taking funds out of the capital reserve and transfer it to the capital projects fund. The remainder of the funding will be taken from unused funding within the budget.
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