Fire department looking to buy new rescue truck

At its Monday night meeting, the Glencoe City Council heard from Fire Chief Ron Grack about the replacement of its current rescue truck.
The City Council approved the Glencoe Fire Department Truck Committee’s request, contingent upon the fire department meeting with township representatives.
The current rescue truck was purchased by the city of Glencoe in 1993, which makes the truck 24 years old this year. The apparatus replacement is on a 20- to 25-year cycle. Every 20 years or so, the committee puts in considerable time reviewing specifications, design options, visiting manufacturers and researching the future needs of the department.
Mayor Randy Wilson reminded the City Council that although the rescue truck looks to be in excellent condition, it is necessary that the truck be replaced within the set cycle. “It’s an expense, but by keeping on this program, we’ve been able to manage it in a relatively good fashion without raising the levy,” said Wilson.
Grack presented five options to the City Council and explained that the township representatives did not want to spend over $500,000 on the truck.
The first proposal was from Custom Fire for $650,000, which would be the ideal truck but is, unfortunately, out of budget range; the second was from Fire Safety USA for $450,000; the third and fourth proposals were from MacQueen/Pierce for $485,078 and $506,267 respectively; and the fifth proposal was from Rosenbauer with a proposed cost of $422,259.
For the new truck, the committee was mostly concerned with having the appropriate cab size with the capability of holding eight firefighters and the ability to hold more equipment, including the fire department’s grain bin rescue equipment donated by United Farmers Cooperative (UFC). “We just don’t have the space on this truck to do that,” said Grack. “That’s our biggest concern, to get more of our equipment back on the rescue truck.”
The committee recommended the Rosenbuaer truck for $422,259, which has a front-end storage extension and the capability of holding eight firefighters.
The committee spoke to the townships in February to discuss pricing and needs to talk to the townships one more time to approve the decision. The committee is hoping this final meeting will take place this month or next because the townships would make the first payment on the truck in 2018. If the townships approve the request, they would pay 23 percent of the $97,000 down payment. The first payment made by the city will be in 2019.
For more from the council meeting, including updates on various city projects, see the Aug. 9 print edition of The Chronicle.