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Rockdale County to purchase firetrucks through SPLOST

CONYERS — Contracts for four new vehicles for Rockdale Fire and Rescue are set to be approved by the Rockdale Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

The vehicles, which will total $2.45 million, include one heavy rescue vehicle, two pumper trucks and one ladder truck. All of the vehicles will be purchased through special purpose local option sales tax revenue.

Fire Chief Dan Morgan said Friday that Fire Rescue will also delay delivery of another pumper truck funded through impact fees in order to get a multi-vehicle discount from the vendor. That vehicle had already been ordered.

Once the contracts are approved and the vehicles are ordered, Morgan said it will take 200 to 300 days to build the vehicles to the county’s specifications. The two pumper trucks are expected to be delivered in August 2014; the ladder and heavy rescue vehicle will be delivered in December 2014.

Sutphen won the bids for the three pumper trucks and the ladder truck; Fireline was the selected bidder for the rescue vehicle.

Morgan said the Sutphen and Fireline weren’t necessarily the lowest bidders, but their bids were the best based on specifications outlined by Fire Rescue.

Morgan said it hasn’t yet been determined where the new fire vehicles will be deployed.

“That will be determined when they are received because something could change, another truck could go down, or staffing could change,” he said.

In general, Morgan explained, the newer vehicles will be put in the areas where they will get the most use, making it possible to extend the lifespans of older vehicles.

The new ladder truck will replace a model year 2000 truck that will be moved to reserve status, Morgan said. That truck will replacing the current reserve ladder truck that is a 1980s model.

The other new trucks will replace vehicles built in the early to mid-1980s.

Because the new fire vehicles are purchased with SPLOST funds, Fire and Rescue had to wait until the funds were collected before they could put the project out for bids.