The City of London Fire Department will have a new first-out fire truck after bids were awarded at last night’s London City Council meeting. The fire department sought bids for a new fire truck and, following Chief Carl Hacker’s recommendation, the council accepted a bid of $564,889 for a 2019 Ferrara fire truck from America’s Bravest Equipment Co. in Louisville.

The new truck is a demo, which saved the city thousands of dollars. “It has a lot more capabilities than what we put in our specs, for a lot less money,” Hacker said. The truck will replace an engine that came into service 33 years ago. The council allocated money to pay the debt service on the truck in the new fiscal year budget.

Hacker said the state-of-the-art fire engine will be delivered next month after it is outfitted with $129,962 in new fire equipment, including $90,000 for new air packs for the city’s firemen.

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