After the purchase of Tower One in 2003 and two years of asking for another truck, McMinnville Fire Department will finally get one.
City officials approved spending $811,048 for a quint from Pierce Manufacturing. The measure passed unanimously by Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Aldermen Mike Neal, Jimmy Bonner, Ryle Chastain, Steve Harvey and Everett Brock.
“The quint has a pump, a 178-foot ground ladder, a 130-foot aerial ladder and a 500-gallon water tank,” said McMinnville Fire Chief Kendall Mayfield. “We can get to the top of any building in the city with this, if we had to.”
Tower One, also a quint, was purchased by the city in 2003.
Newman questioned, “Having one truck with a 130-foot ladder, what’s the rational with having another ladder truck?”
“This one will be smaller than the one we’ve got,” said Mayfield. “You can get around tight places with this one. With Tower One, we can’t. There are some places that we can’t get to. This truck will be at Station Two. Tower One is at Station One. With having all those apartments across town, we can get to them with this truck quicker. Tower One would take six to seven minutes to get across town.”
According to city administrator Bill Brock, Tower One does have its limitations in tight areas.
“Tower One would never make it down Highland Drive,” he said. “The truck we are talking about will make it down there without any problem. You get into those situations occasionally.”
Newman questioned the age of Tower One and life expectancy of firetrucks, to which Mayfield responded, “It’s about 12 years old. For ISO, they can only go up to 20 years to get one full point. After that, we only get half a point on anything over 20 years. We only have one truck that we can get one point from ISO.”
The plan, once the new truck arrives, is to get rid of the department’s No. 6 engine and keep No. 7 as a backup at Station Two to be used when needed.
“If we could get one more engine, we would be set for 20 more years,” Mayfield added. “I would like to say thank you for buying this truck. It was needed and we really appreciate it.”
In order to cash in on $38,000 in savings, city officials are paying for the truck out of General Fund. Because of that, the measure only required a resolution. If money had been borrowed, an ordinance and two reads would have been necessary.