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City accepts fire truck from company

The city accepted a donated fire truck Monday and voted to spend up to $50,000 to upgrade it.

Fire Chief Bill Durham said he was contacted eight months ago by Occidental Petroleum about a 2000 model ladder truck.

The vehicle, which has an aerial capacity for using foam, is located the Oxy Ingleside Energy Center at the Port of Corpus Christi.

The reconditioned truck has about 28,000 miles on it, and Durham and one firefighter went to Corpus Christi  to drive and look it over.

Durham said the truck will need new tires and paint. Its ladder will have to be tested but total work should range from $35,000 to $50,000.

A new truck like it could cost as much as $800,000.

He said the truck would give firefighters greater capabilities in dealing with ìhigh risk areasî such as rail cars and structure fires.

Oxy is willing to provide foam for the truck, which is worth about $30,000 and has a limited shelf life, Durham added.

He said the truckís body is in good condition and the engine is OK.
Councilman Joe Bill Vardeman made the motion to accept the truck and budget $50,000 for upgrades. It was endorsed by the rest of the council.

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