Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustees this week authorized the $425,000 purchase of a new fire engine they say will improve firefighters' ability to protect residents.
The purchase is part of a long-planned effort to upgrade the BCFPD's fleet of emergency vehicles without raising taxes, officials say. The new engine, made by Florida-based E-One, will be delivered in the fall.
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"The new fire engine will hold 1,250 gallons of water and be able to carry larger diameter hoses for fire suppression activities," BCFPD Fire Chief/Administrator Jeff Swanson said. "In addition, the vehicle's raised cab roof will provide more room for BCFPD firefighter/paramedics and their equipment, and improve their safety."
The engine replaces an older pumper that is nearing the end of its front-line service life but will remain in service as a reserve engine.
Also this week, trustees authorized up to $25,000 to purchase one of two planned Ford F-150 trucks that will be used as multipurpose vehicles, and $71,275 for two Ford Expeditions that will serve as command vehicles. The BCFPD was able to save taxpayers nearly $30,000 on the purchases by using state purchase pricing available to public safety agencies.