Introducing Engine 41

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2019 Whatcom County Fire District No. 7 Bond Issue Information Prop-3.

Over the next few weeks, we will provide information about the requested funds and what they will accomplish.

Introducing Engine 41. This engine is located at fire station 41 in the downtown Ferndale corridor. It is the first response engine to the commercial area and covers some of the neighborhoods close to the City as well. This engine is assigned secondary responses to other locations within the District as well.

Engine 41 was purchased new in 1997 and is currently 22 years old. The typical life expectancy of fire engines is 20 years. The Fire District has typically relied on a 25-year replacement for fire engines, however, with increased call volume, this practice is being put to the test.

Currently, Engine 41 has over 53,000 miles on it. Typically, this vehicle should have been considered for replacement by a new engine at the cost of nearly $625,000. This engine needs upgrade work to the motor, pump, water tank, suspension, lighting, and gauges. In the bond proposal, this vehicle is slated to be sent back to the Pierce Mfg. factory and “refurbished”. This will send the truck back in “next to new” shape and accomplish all of the above-mentioned items.

When the project is complete, it should serve our community for another 20 years. The cost of this project is estimated at $330,000. The re-furbish project would save nearly $300,000 of your tax dollars and provide another 20 years of viable service to the community.

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