GENEVA – Aldermen recommended approval to buy a new fire department engine for $618,423 at Committee of the Whole Dec. 10.
The Pierce Enforcer Fire Engine, from Global Emergency Products in Aurora, will replace Engine 209, which is more than 28 years old and currently in reserve status, officials said.
The new engine will go into front line service at Station No. 1 and the existing front line engine, Engine 205, which is 20 years old, will be placed in reserve status.
The cost includes a prepayment discount of 2.8 percent, officials said.
Fire Chief Michael Antenore said the vehicle being retired was purchased in 1991 and the industry has had many safety changes to fire engines since then.
“Lighting, cage safety, a lot of the aspects of the personnel safety – this engine we are retiring is the first one with an enclosed cab,” Antenore said.
Pump technology, the ergonomics of bringing the hose beds down so firefighters can grab them more easily are among the upgraded safety features, Antenore said.
“This [engine] should serve us well for 25- plus years,” Antenore said. “This will bring our engine fleet in compliance with the current standards.”
Fourth Ward Alderman James Radecki said he thought it was interesting that the engine came with 13 pages of options.
“Who comes up with that?” Radecki asked.
Antenore said most of what is included in the new engine is standard.
“I went to shows and took a look at modern fire engines,” Antenore said. “For example … we’re no longer going to carry a generator on board. All of our equipment now is battery operated, so we can operate without a generator.”
Another item removed from the new engine is an onboard foam system “which are a maintenance nightmare,” Antenore said. “We deleted that and simplified the engine. … You can think of a fire engine a little bit as a machine on wheels rather than a car. … It’s a complex interactive machine that gets there on rubber tires.”
The City Council will take final action on the purchase.