The City Council in West Orange approved new sets of specifications for a fire engine for the West Orange Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday. The city will advertise the specs to receive bids from multiple vendors in April.
Alderman Mike Shugart asked all the fire engine bids received in March be thrown out since they did not match the specifications approved by the City Council in February and that new bids be drawn up for the fire truck. “These bid specs that were sending out are a lot better because they are within what the fire department wants and needs,” Shugart stated.
The fire department presented its requested specifications to the City Council and its grant administrator with Traylor & Associates for review. There were some minor changes made during a called meeting of the council on Tuesday.
West Orange will be requesting bids from vendors for both a custom chassis and a commercial chassis fire engine. The council did approve the engine on the truck have a minimum of 400 horsepower but would accept bids on a 350 horsepower engine. The size of the truck should seat a minimum of four with a capacity for six people being preferred.
The prospective date for opening any bids is April 26. A contract could be awarded for a new fire engine for the West Orange Volunteer Fire Department by April 28 or 29.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-