SPFD Getting New Fire Engine


Recognizing that emergency medical services and fire responses are an integral part of public safety, the South Pasadena City Council approved the purchase last week of a new fire engine to its fleet of vehicles.
Council members approved a contract to purchase a 2017 Pierce Arrow XT fire engine in the amount of $697,335.
South Pasadena City Manager Sergio Gonzalez will execute the purchase agreement, noting that the lifespan for a frontline fire engine is 10 years and that a reserve model is generally in good condition for 20 years. The South Pasadena current frontline fire engine is approaching 10 years, according to Gonzalez, and will remain in a reserve role. “The old one, which is more than 20 years old will be retired,” said Gonzalez.
Local fire department officials say the 2017 Pierce Fire Engine is a “next generation” vehicle, one of the finest models around. It is equipped with a Detroit DD13 diesel engine, “one of the cleanest and most efficient diesel engines available,” reads a city report on the vehicle. “The diesel engine meets the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Low Emission Vehicle III standards.
“It’s not exactly a zero emissions vehicle, but it’s a lot better than previous models,” explained Gonzalez. “At some point, we’d like to have zero emissions options.”
Gonzalez says the DD13 meets the 2017 Green House Gas regulations and will arrive in the City of South Pasadena in the next couple of months.
A city report contributed to this story.

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