Ophir Hill Fire gets new truck | TheUnion.com

Ophir Hill Fire gets new truck

The Ophir Hill Fire Department has rolled out a brand-new fire truck that – thanks to piggy-backing on a state bid – saved the department at least $40,000.

The new Type I structure engine made its debut earlier this month, replacing an older engine.

The new engine has a bigger pump, capable of pumping 1,250 gallons per minute, and also has a larger holding capacity at 850 gallons, said Fire Capt. Clint Carson.

“It’s also four-wheel drive, for those few times a year when it snows,” he said. “It will have all the equipment needed to handle all our day-to-day operations.”

The older engine is being sold to the Alta Fire Department, Carson said.

Ophir Hill was able to save a significant amount of money with its newest purchase because it was able to piggy-back on a statewide equipment bid, Fire Chief Robb Rothenberger explained.

“California Emergency Management Agency orders several at a time, and we were able to get in on their bid,” Rothenberger said. “They are mass-producing them (for Cal EMA), so you get their contract price versus a stand-alone price.”

Rothenberger estimated the department saved $40,000 to $60,000, based on the quotes from other vendors.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.

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