DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Fire Department is getting a new fire truck after action this week by the Dowagiac City Council.
Public Safety Director Steve Grinnewald said council members approved buying a new fire truck to replace one that is 29 years old. The total price of the truck from the Rosenbauer Co. is $352,797 which includes more than $12,000 worth of extra equipment.
Grinnewald said the city has a replacement schedule for major items such as fire trucks in order to set aside funds over a number of years. The useful life of a fire truck is usually 25 years and this truck lasted 29 years.
He said the city decided it wouldn’t be viable to refurbish the 1989 truck. City officials further looked into buying a used fire truck but decided on a new one.
He said the new truck will be the department’s first line firefighting truck for structure fires. It has a pump and can hold 1,000 gallons of water.
Grinnewald said additional equipment was bought when officials learned the new truck wouldn’t cost as much as expected. Items added included a new thermal imaging camera, masks for each firefighter and an extra cordless scene lighting.
“We looked at higher-priced models but we didn’t need them,” he said.
The fire department has four fire trucks with the others being a grass truck, a rescue truck and a ladder truck. All four trucks are equipped with pumps and can hold water.
In other matters, council members approved a 3 percent pay raise for nonunion employees for the 2018-19 year. That percent increase is the same as what the city’s union employees are getting.