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Posted on Mar 5, 2015

City outfits new fire truck for $100,000

The City of Quincy will spend about $100,000 outfitting its new fire engine with equipment.

In a 4-2 vote, the city council on Tuesday agreed to go ahead with the purchase. The equipment includes such items as hoses,  axes, nozzles and portable radios.

The equipment also includes a thermal camera and a “wired fire com system.” The thermal camera helps firefighters identify body heat when going into a smoke-filled building. The communications system assists in inter-cab communications.

There was some discussion on whether the city should spend $15,000 on the thermal camera and communications system for the fire engine. Voting against adding the thermal camera and communications system were Councilmen Adam Roduner and Manuel Guerrero.

Fire Chief Don Fortier of Grant County Fire District No. 3 said the items provide a higher level of safety. He added that at the last fatal incident in the city, firefighters were able to locate the victim’s body using the camera.

The city purchased the nearly $440,000 fire engine in October to replace an aging truck in its fleet. The city has said it may move one of its two engines to a satellite station that may be built on the north side of the railroad tracks.

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