By Conrad Dudderar
Yukon is getting a new fire truck – but it will be more than a year before it arrives.
A brand-new Pierce rescue pumper will be the first engine out of the Yukon fire station on car wrecks, medical aid and rescue calls.
“It’s a pretty good fit for us,” Yukon Fire Chief Shawn Vogt said. “It will be a pretty versatile truck for us.”
The City of Yukon is eligible for a $23,968 pre-pay discount and will see a $9,400 savings if the unit is ordered by June 1.
The “not to exceed” price is $629,058.22, and the City of Yukon will make three annual lease payments of $218,219.90 through PNC Equipment Finance at a 1.86% interest rate.
That means the high cost will be budgeted over three fiscal years, Vogt noted.
The new Pierce pumper will replace the Yukon Fire Department’s 1994 reserve engine that has about 73,000 miles.
“It’s pretty wore out (and) not very reliable,” Vogt told council members. “We’ve needed to replace it for a while.”
He estimated this surplus truck could be sold for $15,000-$20,000.
The YFD’s current 2009 engine – which has 52,000 miles – will be placed on reserve status once the new Pierce rescue pumper is ready to hit the streets.
Chief Vogt explained it will take about 13 months to build Yukon’s new fire truck at the Pierce manufacturing facility in Wisconsin. The apparatus is expected to arrive in July 2022.