Springfield to purchase fire engine

Springfield firefighters have to be careful when opening the doors on the fire engine because the garage bay is so small at Fire Station 3 on Selma. That station is looking to be replaced as the City of Springfield plans to build three new stations as well as replace that station's fire engine. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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Springfield firefighters have to be careful when opening the doors on the fire engine because the garage bay is so small at Fire Station 3 on Selma. That station is looking to be replaced as the City of Springfield plans to build three new stations as well as replace that station's fire engine. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

It will be used once new fire stations are completed.

Springfield City Commissioners recently approved the purchase of a new fire engine for the city’s Fire Rescue Division to replace one that has been in service for over two decades.

The engine will take about two years to complete and will be used at one of the new fire stations that the city is slated to build.

Local elected leaders voted to authorize the purchase of a Sutphen Custom Pumper Truck from Sutphen Corporation, for an amount not to exceed $548,502. That fire engine is slated to replace the 28-year-old one that is currently being used at the fire station on Selma Road.

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However, due to supply shortages, it will take the Sutphen Corp., at least 23 months to build the new engine, up from a usual build time of 12 to 14 months, said Springfield Fire Chief Brian Miller.

“We are anxiously awaiting to at least get in line to get this process started,” Miller said.

The city had previously put off replacing the fire engine that is at the station on Selma Road due to the station’s door height not supporting newer fire engine models.

However, the city is currently looking at building three new fire stations, one of which would replace the one at Selma. The new stations would be located at South Limestone Street, Burt Street and at an undetermined location that will most likely be in the eastside of the city.

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Springfield City Manager Bryan Heck said that the hope is for the new fire engine to be ready by the time the new fire stations come online. The decision to build new stations allowed the city to start the process of replacing the old fire engine at Selma.

The action to authorize the purchase took place at the city commission’s public meeting last week.

During the same meeting, commissioners authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with Polydyne Inc. for the purchase of liquid polymer, for a period of one year with an option to renew for two additional one-year periods, for an amount not to exceed $77,400.

The liquid polymer is to be used at the city’s Wastewater Treatment plant.

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