By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times
Cave City and Park City Volunteer Fire departments have recently replaced fire trucks that weren’t working properly.
The city of Cave City and the Cave City Volunteer Fire Department purchased a 2012 Spartan pumper fire truck at a cost of $281,709 in August 2012 to replace a 1991 ladder fire truck.
“Maintenance was the big issue behind selling the ladder truck,” Cave City Fire Chief Kevin Jandt said.
The problem with the ladder truck was a pump that operates the ladder kept malfunctioning.
“It cost $4,800 just to have the PTO pump repaired,” Jandt said.
The city advertised for sealed bids for the purchase of a new fire truck in July 2012 and received seven bids. The bid was awarded to 911 Fleet and Fire Equipment of Florence for $281,709.
The city borrowed $281,857 to fund the purchase, according to a resolution adopted by the Cave City City Council on Aug. 13, 2012.
Money received from the sale of the ladder truck, which was $40,000, was applied to the purchase of the new fire truck.
Firefighters with the Cave City Volunteer Fire Department received the new fire truck in November 2012 and are planning to hold an open house this summer to show off the new fire truck, even though it has already been put into use.
The new fire truck features enough space for the firefighters to haul all their equipment in the truck; whereas, before, they had to take two fire trucks in order to have all the equipment they needed when responding to emergencies, Jandt said.
Including the new fire truck, the Cave City Volunteer Fire Department has three fire trucks.
The fire department is in the process of applying for a grant through the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security to fund the purchase of a fourth fire truck, he said.
The city of Park City and the Park City Volunteer Fire Department purchased a 2013 International fire truck from Southern Fire Equipment of Jasper, Ga.
The city did not advertise for bids for the purchase of the fire truck, but rather purchased it under the rules of emergency procurement.
“We really didn’t have a choice,” said Mayor David Lyons. “The one we had, the one we traded in, had quit during a fire. It caused quite a problem. It was down for over a day before they could get it up and going.”
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