Ferndale approves new fire truck for department

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published August 17, 2016

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FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a new fire engine for the Fire Department that will replace one that is 28 years old.

The engine, a Pierce Velocity-PUC Fire Pumper, will replace a truck previously converted from an aerial to a pumper truck. The new engine will cost $564,611, while the old pumper should sell for $8,000 to $10,000. The money for the purchase will come from the general fund.

With the purchase now agreed upon, the Fire Department can put in its order to build the new truck.

“Once it gets put in, it’ll take about 10 months to do the build,” Fire Chief Kevin Sullivan told the council at its Aug. 8 meeting. “Part of the price is they’ll fly us out there to do a full inspection to make sure everything is absolutely right, and before they drive it all the way into Michigan, because it’s in Wisconsin.”

The fire truck was first brought up at the council’s June 27 meeting. A decision on a new truck was delayed until the council gathered more information relating to the replacement of the other trucks the department owns. The ages of the other three trucks are seven, 14 and 20 years.

“It wasn’t about the truck in particular, but in our fleet management and our capital improvement process,” Councilman Dan Martin said. “Since that discussion, I know that the process in capital improvement has been re-engaged. I still have some questions about fleet management, but I’m confident enough in the momentum moving into that discussion investigation. I don’t see any reason to hold up the fire truck purchase.”

Mayor Dave Coulter previously told the Woodward Talk that the purchase of the engine would be paid for over the course of five years to help spread out the cost. The city will have yearly payments for the truck of about $123,000.

“We have a capital budget where money is put aside for purchases like this,” Coulter said. “We have been saving money for this purchase, and we have enough saved for this truck.”