Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby is asking the Board of Supervisors for authority to purchase 15 new fire trucks at a cost of $7.6 million to replace the older models in his fleet.
Included in the request are two new quint-type ladder trucks, 12 new pumpers and one new foam pumper. (A quint is the big “quintuple combination pumper” that performs five functions – pumper, water tank, hose, ground ladder and aerial ladder. Foam pumpers are used for extinguishing chemical fires.)
It’s a routine replacement. Osby’s report says the county’s Consolidated Fire Protection District goes by a 20-year replacement plan: 15 years of front-line service and five years of backup service.
According to his report, “The new apparatus will have enclosed cab, improved fire fighter safety features, cost-effective components that will reduce annual operating costs and increase efficiency, and lower emission diesel engines. These will allow us to continue providing prompt, skillful and cost-effective fire protection and life safety services.”
Each quint truck costs $980,000, while pumpers go for $420,000 each and a new foam pumper runs about $600,000. The district has sufficient funding, Osby says.
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