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Two new fire trucks arrive for ESD No. 1
LA VERNIA -- Within the past month, the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 1 has taken delivery of two pieces of equipment aimed at increasing the effectiveness of its service provider, the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department. These trucks were part of the discussion at the board’s May 10 meeting.
Truck No. 3130, which is a heavy-brush truck, will replace La Vernia’s 1969 Kaiser 6x6 unit known as “Kong,” which was on permanent loan from the Texas Forest Service.
“Kong was far past its useful lifespan, and had become unreliable and very expensive to continue operating,” ESD board president Michael Hanson said after the meeting.
The district paid $204,950 to purchase truck No. 3130 from Seminary, Miss.-based Deep South Fire Trucks Inc. Of that figure, $155,000 came from a Forest Service grant, he said.
A second unit, truck No. 3150, will serve as a rescue truck and “midi pumper.” The truck, which was manufactured in 2007 and has less than 10,000 miles, was purchased for $85,000 from an ESD in Harris County. Hanson said the truck sells for more than $225,000 new.
Truck 3150, he said, will help firefighters have an easier time of fighting structure fires, because it is more maneuverable around low-hanging tree limbs and power lines and its smaller wheelbase allows for easier travel down narrow driveways.
“This truck is capable of handling most structure fires and motor vehicle accidents that require only one truck,” Hanson said. “Its primary purpose is to be the ‘first out’ for quicker response time, and to carry rescue equipment for victim extraction in the case of a motor vehicle accident.”
Hanson said of both truck acquisitions, “The citizens of Wilson County ESD No. 1 were able to purchase $425,000 worth of very important and much-needed equipment for less than $140,000, without going into any debt on these trucks.”
Action items during the meeting included the acceptance of defined and accepted procedures for acquiring goods and services and acceptance of an anti-fraud policy.
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