The city of Enterprise has awarded a bid on a new $136,000 fire truck that will be equally equipped to fight structure fires and wild land fires. The 450 gallon fire engine will be 26 feet long and include the ability to disburse foam to fight chemical fires.

Fire Chief Russ Gomes has been working to get the new engine for three years and is excited about the prospects of receiving a custom fire engine especially designed to meet the needs of the Enterprise fire department.

The chassis for the new truck is being ordered through Summit Ford in Enterprise while the truck body valued at $95,500 will be supplied by Central States Fire Apparatus of South Dakota. Gomes said that Summit Ford will order the chassis and have it shipped to South Dakota where an estimated nine months will elapse before the new engine is assembled and delivered.

City Administrator Michele Young said that the down payment for the truck will be made by state revenue sharing funds and that payments, an estimated $14,000 each year, will be paid in part through the general fund and motel tax fund. Young says the lease purchase agreement will be for either eight or ten years and be handled through Community Bank.

Central States was the low bidder from two submitted bids and the only one to meet design specifications. The second bidder was H & W Emergency Vehicles of Hillsboro.

A pre-construction meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 a.m. at the Enterprise fire hall.

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