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Bryan Firefighters Get Okay From City Council For New Fire Truck, Refurbished Ambulances - The Eagle: Local News

Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory. Posted: November 30 Michael and Abbe Saenz of Bryan are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ch Posted: November 16 Neil W. Endler of Kurten announces the engagement and upcoming marriage of his daughter, Sar Posted: November 09 Ulman and Sylvia McMullen celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with family and friends Posted: November 09 Jim and Sue Dowling of Bryan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 4, Posted: November 09 Let Parole Board know to deny freedom to Rose Rodriguez posted: November 29 Larger font size Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014 12:00 am Bryan firefighters get okay from City Council for new fire truck, refurbished ambulances By ANDREA SALAZAR andrea.salazar@theeagle.com The Eagle | 0comments Bryan firefighters may wake up to a shiny new fire engine and two refurbished ambulances next Christmas. With final approval from the Bryan City Council expected on Tuesday, the Bryan Fire Department has finalized its specifications for the new vehicles. The new engine, costing almost $800,000, will be customized to the department's needs -- including maximizing use of the pump system to increase the water input and output -- and is equipped with updated technology, such as LED lighting and an air bag system. "And it's red like it ought to be," Apparatus Operator Billy Huggins said with a smile -- a friendly jab at College Station's blue and white fire trucks. A new fire truck was delivered to Central Station last spring but work on the next engine has begun because it can take about a year to build. From Bryan, the work order will head to Houston-based med flight assistance Metro Fire. The cab will be built in Detroit before heading to South Dakota to assemble with the rest of the truck. Before delivery, the assembled fire engine returns to Houston for decals. Mid-construction, a team of Bryan firefighters will fly to South Dakota for a day-long inspection and again when it is fully assembled. The new fire truck is expected to arrive at a yet-to-be-determined fire station about Christmas 2015. In addition to the new fire engine and a $41,000 pool vehicle, the department has plans to refurbish two ambulances by remounting their existing patient compartment boxes onto new cabs for almost $350,000. The city expects to save about $50,000 per ambulance by reusing the patient compartments. The College Station Fire Department will refurbish two ambulances for about $105,000 each, receive a new engine costing a little more than $600,000 and order another new engine in early 2015. The city will also be purchasing four vehicles for staff, battalion chiefs and training, and a new $691,000 hazardous material response vehicle that can tow a large custom trailer housing the department's hazmat equipment. While other city vehicles are considered for replacement when their maintenance costs outpace the cost of a new vehicle, public safety vehicles used by police and firefighters are replaced sooner, said Bryan City Manager Kean Register. "The last thing we want during a fire is for the truck to break down," he said. Instead, city officials take age and mileage into consideration when determining whether a vehicle should be replaced. "It's about the safety of the firefighters," Huggins said.

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