Fire Corps Get New Ride

Wednesday, 05 January 2011

By Kenny Green, Star Local New: Mesquite Community News

The Mesquite City Council approved the purchase of a REHAB vehicle for the city’s volunteer fire corps during its regular session on Monday.

The fire corps is primarily responsible for providing rehabilitation and support services to the city’s first responders during long, intense emergency and disaster events. The city reassigned the fire corps to be supervised by the office of emergency management last year. The corps’s response vehicle is its main asset. The fire corps currently uses a donated MTED bus to perform its functions.

The consent agenda item authorized the city manager to spend $252,789.50 on the purchase of the new vehicle.

The money comes from a $328,000 grant awarded to the city by the Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee and the Department of Homeland Security to buy the vehicle.

The vehicle that was approved for purchase will be bought in two pieces – a 20-ton Freightliner truck chassis and a custom made 24-foot REHAB body. Due to an exception in the Texas Local Government Code, a competitive bidding process for the purchase was not required.

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