Under tight budget, SFD buys used fire engine

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by Katie Utehs & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM

SPOKANE--The Spokane Fire Department is getting creative with a tight budget by retrofitting a fire engine from 1992.

The engine was purchased from a volunteer department in Virginia.

When a bond failed, the department was forced to get creative.  For the first time they looked to buy a used truck with a $40,000 budget.  A brand new truck costs around $500,000.

Mechanics are working on headsit wiring for the engine.  They’ve also retrofitted other modern fire truck features like mobile computers.

The truck will service out of North Foothills Station 2.  The old engine is presenting challenges, but shouldn’t have its service impacted.

It’s unclear if buying used will actually save the department money in the long run.  They’ll have to see how much the retrofit and continued maintenance will cost.

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