County to buy fire trucks
by Rory Doyle
Mar 05, 2013 | 1729 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors agreed to back the purchase of two new fire trucks that will significantly upgrade the county's fleet.

Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Quinton presented financial figures for the acquisition at Monday's supervisor's meeting in Cleveland.

The two trucks include an E-ONE Custom A truck that will be designated for Benoit's Battalion 6 of the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department and an E-ONE quint aerial boom truck that will be housed in Cleveland but used throughout the county.

Benoit receives the upgrade as its current truck is nearly outdated, and the aerial truck will provide more mobility on the county's back roads and has the ability to rise 79 feet.

The vehicles will cost the county about $670,000. Around $212,000 from rebate funding was already set-aside in anticipation.

"We can pay off these two trucks in five years at about $142,000 per year," said Quinton.

The board will go forward with the purchase upon receiving written approval from the state that the two models meet all required specs.

Quinton said the new trucks will benefit citizens from a service standpoint but are also taxpayer money well spent.

"These are what we call custom trucks, meaning with proper upkeep, they can last for about 25 years as opposed to the 15-year limit of our previous trucks," said Quinton.

Maintaining proper equipment and vehicles is also a major plus for insurance ratings.

BCVFD Chief Lee Tedder said the improvements are much needed.

"This will definitely enhance our services," said Tedder. "It also increases the capability of what we can do."

Tedder added that the aerial truck would be a big improvement for hard-to-reach scenarios.

While it won't be able to access every emergency, Tedder said it would be more capable than the current ladder truck the county shares with the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department.

"This is the rural Delta — sometimes you can get to places and sometimes you just can't," added Tedder.

In other EMA news from Monday's meeting, Quinton also received board approval to place equipment bids and related wiring bids for the installation of storm sirens in Rosedale.

Rosedale, often the first town in the county to be impacted by major weather, is currently without the storm warning system.

Bids were also received for the county's pursuit of a backup power supply generator at the county's central maintenance shop.

Quinton said in a January meeting that a 25/75 percent agreement was approved by MEMA to back acquisition costs.