NEW PORT RICHEY — With some fire department vehicles beginning to show their age, New Port Richey City Council members have approved the purchase of a new $435,000 fire truck.
The city fleet includes three fire engines and a ladder truck, Fire Chief Alex Onishenko said in a recent memo.
For a week last summer, the department was operating with only one fire engine. The other two were out of service to repair mechanical problems, according to Onishenko.
He said the department relies on a fire truck for 10 years of “frontline service,” plus another five years as a reserve vehicle.
The department wants to replace the 1996 Sutphen fire truck, which was in regular use for 13 years, Onishenko said. Because of the age of the vehicle, it has little trade-in value. So the city probably will have to pursue marketing the truck to rural volunteer fire departments.
The city will buy its new Pierce fire truck pumper from Ten-8 Fire Equipment in Bradenton. Since fire trucks are custom-built, the city should take delivery of the new engine by July 2014, Onishenko said.
The company gave the city a price break on the vehicle through a prepay discount payment. Under standard financing, the fire engine would have cost nearly $450,000. “They have always provided the fire department with excellent service after the sale with all of our vehicle needs,” Onishenko wrote in a memo. The company, which borrowed its name from the code that means “in service,” employs about 80 people, its website says.
Base specifications for the new Pierce fire engine include a turbocharged diesel engine with minimum 350 horsepower. The water tank can hold 750 gallons. The fuel tank will hold 50 gallons. Automatic transmission and air conditioning come as standard equipment.