Town Goes "Ikea" To Get New Fire Engine
RUIDOSO, NEW MEXICO, OFFICIALS ARE intent on getting their new firetrucks despite the builder's bankruptcy filing. So they went out to California and brought the pieces back themselves.
Their saga began in 2009 when the town contracted with Wolverine Fire Apparatus to build them a 75-ft. aerial and two Class A pumpers. But Wolverine went belly-up before they could get started, so the job order went next in 2010 to Fire Trucks Plus of Rancho Cucamonga, California, to deliver the goods. The Ruidoso News tells us that "at the 2010 meeting, the expected delivery date was in nine months. The deal also involved Paul Batista of Fire Trucks Plus selling some village trucks with relatively low mileage, but not designed for the area's steep terrain."
But bad luck hit Fire Trucks Plus earlier this year, too. They tried to complete the job assembling the units on Spartan chassis but couldn't stay afloat in the tough times either and filed bankruptcy also. So some town and fire department officials traveled out to California to retrieve what they could of their investment and came back with two engines, one of them in pieces still needing assembly. The Ruidoso News continues:
When Councilor Gloria Sayers asked about the two trucks from California, Lee said, "The Spartan trucks are here. We're getting them appraised and assessed, so he's been working a lot of hours to manage the truck business. One truck was nearly complete and one truck was in pieces."
Vincent said Thursday two bright spots in the fire truck situation were a $100,000 grant from the New Mexico State Fire Marshal that arrived Monday toward purchase of a new fire engine and that the town of Taos gave Ruidoso an older model fire truck "to get us through this little time until we get new trucks." The fire truck "in pieces" was in Albuquerque this week, he said.
Ruidoso Fire Department website: http://ruidoso-nm.org/Fire_Dept/AboutUs.html
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