By Agrippina Fadel
“We have been saving for that firetruck for many years,” said City Manager Kathleen Gunn about a missing hose truck at Tamarac Fire Station 36.
Now, Gunn said at the Jan. 23 workshop, the city finally has enough money to order a truck and hopes to do it soon, as delivery takes up to two years.
Fire Station 36 on 7200 N. University Drive currently only has a rescue truck, which has been a concern for the residents living in the area, with some voicing their fears about longer response times to fires during the public comments at the city commission meetings.
Fire Chief Michael Annese said fire trucks from Stations 41, 15, and 78 respond to fires in areas served by the station. Then secondary responses come from North Lauderdale, Lauderhill, and Sunrise, if available.
He added that the new truck would be a part of the Tamarac Fire Rescue’s vehicle replacement program, which is subject to commission consideration and approval.
“The fire truck we are proposing to purchase costs $869,906. This matter could go before the commission in the next month or so, and, once approved, the expected delivery is approximately 24 months due to the unprecedented disruptions to the supply chain, which has resulted in delays and vehicle shortages globally,” Chief Annese said.
A four-bay state-of-the-art facility, Fire Station 36 opened in January 2021. It is the fourth fire station in Tamarac.
- Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and received her master's in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has been a US resident for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.
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