Discrepancies result in city seeking bids for different fire engine

Published 11:02 pm Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Washington Fire-Rescue-EMS Department likely will be getting a new fire engine, just not the one first ordered.

Earlier this year, the Washington City Council approved the funding for a new front-line fire engine. But discrepancies with the year model for that new apparatus were discovered by department personnel during an inspection of the vehicle, according to Robbie Rose, the city’s fire chief. In a memorandum to the mayor and City Council, Rose wrote that “in consideration that this was inconsistent with the information originally provided to the Council for consideration; we terminated that purchase transaction.”

On Sept. 28, the council authorized spending $450,000 on a new fire engine from C.W. Williams Co. in Rocky Mount. The company services the city’s fire engines.

Rose wrote that the department sent requests to seven fire-engine vendors for bids to provide the department with in-stock/demonstration models. An eighth vendor contacted the department about submitting its bid, Rose noted. After reviewing the proposals, the department recommends the city buy a stock 2015 Pierce fire engine from Atlantic Emergency Solutions at a cost of $448,995.

The Pierce fire engine best meets the immediate needs of the department for a front-line fire engine, according to Rose.

Three vendors did not submit proposals. Another vendor’s fire engine did not meet the department’s specifications.

In other action, the council will consider authorizing the city to accept a $32,000 grant from the Mid-East Commission Area Agency on Aging. The annual grant will be used to support programs and services provided by city’s Grace Harwell Martin Senior Center. If the city accepts the grant, it is required to provide a $6,000 contribution.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 102 E. Second St. To view the council’s agenda for a specific meeting, visit the city’s web­site at www.washingtonnc.gov, click “Government” then “City Council” heading, then click “Meeting Agendas” on the menu to the right. Then click on the date for the appropriate agenda.



About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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