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Source: Kokomo Tribune

Kokomo Fire Station 1 to receive new fire engine

By George Myers

The Kokomo Fire Department will soon unveil a new fire engine at the city’s busiest station.

The city has approved and appropriated money for the $363,650 purchase of a Pierce Sabre fire truck for Fire Station 1 located downtown. In turn, the fire department will place a 2006 Pierce truck into standby mode for use whenever maintenance issues arise with an existing truck.

Another standby truck will be retired, according to Fire Chief Nick Glover.

The truck will be paid for with a mix of budget funds and Tax Increment Finance district funding. Last year, the Kokomo Common Council budgeted $258,000 for the fire department’s motor equipment line item.

On Monday, the council appropriated $450,000 in capital expenditures from the southeast TIF district, part of which will go toward the truck.

In addition to being the city’s busiest station, Fire Station 1 also serves over 50 percent of the TIF district helping to fund the purchase, according to Glover.

Glover said during a Common Council budget session last week that the department considered putting the truck at Fire Station 6. However, with the volume of calls at Fire Station 1 and the size limitations of Fire Station 6, which was built in 1960, the decision was made to house the truck downtown, he said.

Glover said he is hoping to take delivery of the truck next week. He noted that it will take one week to 10 days to outfit the truck and to “maneuver shelving the way we like.”

In addition, Glover noted that it will take a few weeks for a contractor to measure and cut the vinyl for lettering, but that the department will be able to put the truck into service without decals.

The fire department last purchased a tanker and engine immediately following annexation. The tanker was later replaced after sustaining damage in the 2013 tornado, according to Glover.

George Myers can be reached at 765-454-8585, by email at george.myers@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @gpmyerskt.

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