Board of Directors Regular Meeting Agenda


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Meeting Date: 01/23/2019  

Receive, consider and act upon the award of bid for the purchase of a 2019 Pierce Velocity Heavy Rescue Truck;
$988,455.00 included in the 2019 Capital Budget:
  • $987,455.00- Pierce Heavy Rescue Truck
  • $1,000.00 – HGAC Contract Fee
Approved in the 2019 Capital Budget is $1,320,000.00 for the replacement of a 2003 heavy rescue currently assigned to Station 6.  The 2003 heavy rescue apparatus has 3300 hours which is the equivalent to approximately 99,000 road miles.  This purchase is in line with the fire department’s apparatus replacement schedule.  Once approved and ordered, the new apparatus will be delivered and placed into operation in approximately 11 to 12 months due to engineering and construction time. 
Purchasing the new rescue truck will assist us in maintaining response times to all emergencies within an average of 5 minutes from the time of dispatch and assist us in maintaining our PPC ISO Class 1 rating.  The new rescue truck will enhance the department’s response to technical rescue incidents by increasing the amount and types of equipment that can be carried to the scene as compared to the existing apparatus.  The rescue will also aid in firefighter post incident rehabilitation by providing an enclosed cool down sitting area where personnel can hydrate.
Replacing aging frontline apparatus allows us to improve safety for our firefighters and the customers we serve while reducing maintenance problems encountered when responding to emergencies and everyday use.  History has shown that not adhering to the capital replacement plan will cost more in vehicle repairs and increase out of service time for the apparatus.  This will have a compounding consequence as reserve units will spend more time in front line service while the front-line apparatus is out for lengthy repairs.  The new apparatus will be under a one-year bumper to bumper warranty and a five-year warranty on the engine, transmission, and pump resulting in lower repair costs during the initial years of service.
The department uses an apparatus purchasing committee made up of personnel from different ranks, expertise, and backgrounds.  The committee was tasked with developing specifications based on community needs, consistency in department operations, maintenance, longevity, and value.
The proposal was obtained from Siddons-Martin Emergency Group, the local dealer for Pierce Manufacturing Company and will be purchased through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) government cooperative purchasing program.  HGAC’s purchasing program ensures that the costs for products have been bid properly, assisting local governments with product procurement.
Approve the purchase of a 2019 Pierce Velocity Heavy Rescue truck from Siddons-Martin Emergency Group, LLC, in the amount of $987,455.00.
Attachment A -Siddons Martin Group Proposal for Heavy Rescue
Attachment B - 2019 approved capital line items
Attachment C - HGAC Pricing


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