Chassis OK’d for Trailer

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

By Kenny Green, The Mesquite News Star

The Mesquite City Council approved the purchase of a 20-ton M2 Freightliner chassis on Jan. 18.

The chassis will be used to pull a custom trailer that was approved for purchase by the council on Jan. 3. The trailer and chassis will serve as the Mesquite Fire Corps’ new REHAB vehicle.

The group is responsible for providing rehabilitation and support services to the city’s first responders during long, intense emergency and disaster events. The fire corps is supervised by the office of emergency management and the REHAB or response vehicle is its main asset.

The fire corps currently uses a retired MTED bus to perform its functions.

The council authorized $252,789.50 to be spent for purchasing the trailer during the Jan. 3 meeting and $86,995 during its Jan. 18 meeting. The total cost of the project is $339,784.50.

Funding is provided by a $328,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The additional $11,784.50 is funded by savings from the 2009 DHS grant program.

The contract was awarded to Freightliner through BuyBoard. BuyBoard is sponsored by the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative Contract.

For information on the Mesquite Fire Corps, call Lucy Detamble at 972-329-8732 or e-mail her at ldetambl@mesquite


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