Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City has been awarded a $569,600 federal grant that will cover 80 percent of the cost of a new aerial ladder truck for Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR). The Assistance to Firefighters Grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
This grant will allow us to replace the City's oldest aerial ladder truck, which has been in continuous service for nearly 20 years," Mayor Beutler said. "This kind of major equipment upgrade is necessary for Lincoln Fire and Rescue to continue to protect and serve this community.
Fire Chief Niles Ford said the estimated cost of the truck is $712,000. He said LFR has some funds remaining from the 2008-2009 fiscal year, and those savings will cover the remaining $142,400. Ford said the truck to be replaced has been driven more than 119,000 miles and has responded to 12,878 dispatches.
Those numbers don't tell the entire story about the wear and tear on this vehicle," Ford said. "The truck to be replaced has responded to a large number of significant events. It also has been used often for training purposes.
Ford said LFR's entire fleet of five aerial ladder trucks (four front-line and one reserve) is more than 16 years old, and finding repairs parts is becoming difficult. He said the decision has not yet been made on which station will house the new truck.
The Mayor thanked LFR, particularly the maintenance division, and the City's Purchasing Department for working closely on an accurate cost estimate for the grant. He also commended City Grants Administrator Barbara Baier for coordinating the application. Ford said manufacturers indicate that the new truck will take about one year to build and deliver.