In roughly a year the City of Covington will have a brand new 2015 Stuphen Pumper fire truck.
The Covington City Council unanimously voted to approve a bid from Williams Fire of $499,953 for the new engine. The city first looked into purchasing the new engine in 2014, and put it into the 2015-2016 budget. Bids opened June 17, and Covington received bids from Williams Fire and Ten-8.
Ten-8 submitted a bid of $515,000 and Williams submitted $507,995. Of the $507,995, the Covington Fire Department subtracted $5,000 to replace a ladder rack with internal storage, another $30,000 to replace an ISX motor with ISL9 motor, bringing the total down to $472,995.
The Covington Fire Department and Chief Stoney Bowles then added frontal impact airbags at $9,064, David Clark 3800 Intercom System for $6,297, rear disc brakes for $1,480, heavy duty service 3KWatt Invertor for $1,750, electric rewind booster reel for $3,926, American flag on the front grill for $615, storage compartment on doghouse for $600, super duty door bars for $600, 110 power to cabinets $750, side door emergency warning lights $600, 12 volt/sub power to cab seats/doghouse for $320 and circuit breaker for $956, bringing the total to the accepted bid.
Bowles said the fire department will now sell its 1981 engine and roll its 1993 version to a role as reserve truck.
City Manager Leigh Anne Knight said it will be roughly 340 days before the new truck can be built and delivered.