In about 18 months, Seaside Fire and Rescue will be the proud owner of a new tractor-drawn aerial quint.
The nearly $1.2 million firefighting apparatus provides five functions: pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders.
The ladder will reach 100 feet — 25 feet more than the fire department’s 75-foot ladder truck — to meet the needs of Seaside’s tallest buildings, Fire Chief Joey Daniels said at Monday night’s City Council meeting.
The tractor-drawn aerial, known as the tiller, will offer navigability down the city’s narrow one-way streets.
“Through training and viewing of it, we found the tractor-drawn aerial — the tiller — would be a lot more versatile for our city,” Daniels said.
In addition, the new rig will fit in the city’s Broadway fire station without the need to make building modifications.
The bid was presented by General Fire Apparatus, based in Spokane.
The second bid was only $2,600 higher, Daniels said, requiring meticulous review of a 365-page proposal and multiple trips to test-drive vehicles.
The department’s 75-foot ladder truck will remain in use while the new vehicle is built to specifications. Daniels said. The engine will take about eight to 11 months for delivery and the truck about 12 to 18 months.
Funds for the apparatus, to be manufactured by Rosenbauer America, will come from the fire department’s levy fund, Daniels said. He thanked voters for their support.
City councilors unanimously endorsed the purchase.
“This is going to be such a great addition to the safety of our city,” Mayor Jay Barber said. “We’ll be able to reach places we can’t right now.”