The Leitchfield City Council on Monday, Aug. 15 approved the purchase of a new rescue vehicle for the Leitchfield Fire Department.
During the regularly scheduled Aug. 15 City Council meeting, Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall and City Attorney Kenneth Smart opened bids for a new Leitchfield Fire Department (LFD) rescue pumper.
According to Smart, one bid was received from Pierce Manufacturing for a 2016 rescue pumper at the cost of $310,172.
The 2016 model will be paid for with surplus funding received from county fire dues over a period of around five years, Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said.
According to Thomason, Leitchfield receives about $122,000 in revenue per year from county fire dues.
Following the presentation of Pierce Manufacturing’s bid, the City Council voted to approve the purchase of the 2016 rescue pumper.
The 2016 Pierce rescue pumper will replace a late 1980’s model and will be primarily used for fire runs in the county; however, it can also be used for fire runs in the Leitchfield city limits, according to Duvall.
“It’s going to be a great asset for us,” said Duvall, adding that the pumper will have four-wheel drive, which will improve the LFD’s ability to respond in winter weather conditions.
The 2016 Pierce rescue pumper will be received 12 to 13 months after the company receives contract approval for delivery of the unit, Smart said.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.