Every 25 years fire departments are mandated to refurbish their current engine to meet regulations or get a new one.
The Fort Scott fire department is in the process of getting a new engine with a ladder that will cost about $1.4 million, and another to hold water that will run about $400,000.
Rhonda Dunn, the Director of Finance for Fort Scott says, “We are currently looking into the retirement of two of our fire trucks and replacing two of those with newer fire trucks. We’re looking at all possibilties, were looking at all possibilties in hopes to find the best solution for our community.”
And the station and the city are still in the early stages of narrowing down their selections, but there are plenty of things to consider before they make their purchase.
“When you live in an old town, the 1800’s we have to be careful that it can manuver the streets that we have. Also, we have a very low railroad bridge it has to go under, and so we have to consider the height of the equipment, the weight, the width and make sure it fits with our community,” she says.
And in additon to the engines, the fire department has plans to add new oxygen tanks to their fleet. Through the Assisstance to Firefighters Grant and a contribution from the city, the organization will be able to make the much needed upgrade.
Dave Bruner, deputy fire chief for the Fort Scott fire department says, “These air packs we have are 2004 models and 15 years, the bottles are actually obsolete so we would have to spend money to replace those bottles when we had an opportunity to go for a grant to purchase all the SEPA’s complete.”
The department plans to receieve their new oxygen tanks by August. And the contribution from the grant and the city total to about $104,000.