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posted: 8/12/2014 5:30 AM

Geneva ready to order new $506K fire truck

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Sometime late next spring, you will see a bright and shiny new fire truck on the streets of Geneva.

That's how long it will take to build the city's new $506,022 Enforcer pumper, once the city council gives its official approval and the contract is signed.

The council, meeting as a committee of the whole, moved the purchase forward Monday, and will take the final vote next Monday.

The truck will replace a 30-year-old one. That will be offered for sale as surplus property.

The city is buying the truck from Global Emergency Products of Aurora. It will pay $128,000 up front, and borrow money to pay for the rest over two years. The truck will be built in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The fire department used HGACBuy to negotiate the purchase. It is a service of the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Governments, hospitals and other entities from 48 states have contracts with it to buy high-value equipment that has extensive technical requirements. HGACBuy researches equipment, develops specifications, runs the bidding process and issues the contracts. Contractors pay an administrative fee to HGACBuy to support the program.

The contract for the Geneva fire truck spells out 462 components, from the type of oil seals to the color of the inside of the cab.

According to a memo from Fire Chief Steve Olson, it is difficult to find replacement parts for the current pumper, and its open-cab style doesn't meet National Fire Protection Association standards anymore for crew safety.

The truck's engine will come with a five-year warranty; there's a 50-year warranty on the frame of the chassis.

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