The Kokomo Fire
Department will soon unveil a new fire engine at the city’s busiest
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
on Twitter @gpmyerskt.