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Shelbyville Fire's tactical truck to be replaced

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

With the approval of the Board of Works, the Shelbyville Fire Department took a step in replacing a nearly 30-year-old truck during Tuesday morning’s meeting at City Hall.

The tactical truck that is kept in Station 2 has been in use since 1990.

It was originally an ambulance, then was retrofitted to become its current function, Fire Chief Tony Logan told the board.

“It’s lived its life cycle for us and done a good job for us,” he said during the regular meeting. “It’s time to replace that truck.”

The current truck does not have an explosion-proof container, which is required, Logan told the board. He was looking to replace it with a more modern vehicle with an air compressor and explosion-proof container, and had been working with a vendor.

The vendor told him it would take 40-50 weeks to deliver the chassis for a Ford or Dodge so he turned to Sandman Brothers to see about getting an E-5500 Dodge hemi gas motor truck that would meet the specifications required according to the vendor.

Logan’s request for a 2019 chassis at a cost of more than $36,000 was approved 3-0 by the board.

He told the board he would normally ask the board to request bids but in light of the situation with the chassis, was looking for approval for it. He said he would return with a request for bids for the back part of the vehicle.

“Considering that we’re replacing a 1990 vehicle, I think that we have nothing to owe to that old truck,” board member David Finkel said before voting in favor. “Hopefully, the new truck will serve us for many years.”