GRANDVIEW - Monday night the Grandview City Council agreed to a joint fire truck purchase between the city and Yakima County Fire District #5.
Grandview Fire Chief Pat Mason told the council the oldest truck in Grandview's fleet was built in 1978 and does not have a pump that runs at full capacity. Being more than 30-years-old, too, prevents the fire department from finding parts to complete repairs to the truck.
Mason said it is not as safe as today's fire engines and it would not be a wise use of resources to have further work or repairs done on that truck.
What he proposed is a joint venture with Yakima County Fire District #5 in the purchase of a new fire engine.
He said the district is willing to split the difference, seeing a win-win for both departments. The truck would be available to either agency as it would be stationed in Grandview.
"A new truck can cost between $260,000 and $300,000," said Mason.
He told the council sharing the cost of the purchase price saves Grandview money, saves the county money and provides further benefits.
The city is currently rated with the Washington's bureau rating commission at a level five. If the fire truck is jointly owned by the city and the fire district, Grandview will get full credit. That would help the city with its rating, which is used by insurance companies.
When asked how the district benefits, other than shared expenses associated with the truck, Mason said Yakima County Fire District #5 would be able to use its current truck at another fire station.
The process takes approximately one year, according to Mason, and when asked about the benefit of purchasing a new truck versus a used truck, he told council the district is not interested in the purchase of a used truck.
Also, a used truck often is accompanied with repair issues, whereas a new truck comes with warranties.
Agreeing this joint purchase would be beneficial, the city council approved the idea and the next step will be the bidding process.