The Union County board of supervisors recently voted to approve the purchase of a fire truck for the East Union Fire Department.

According to Union County fire coordinator Steve Coker, the purchase will be the ninth and final one in recent efforts to update volunteer fire department vehicles countywide.

“The truck will cost $248,328.04 at state contract price,” Coker told the board.  “The price of the truck is about a $10,000 increase in price from the last truck we purchased.”

Coker told the board that the increase is due to a recent upgrade in the National Fire Protection Association regulations, which detail the minimum safety requirements for new equipment and vehicles designed to be used under emergency conditions for transporting personnel and equipment.  These regulations are upgraded every five years, according to the NFPA’s website.

“Last year, we beat out the NFPA upgrades when we bought the previous truck,” Coker said.

According to Coker, the manufacture of the truck will be Crimson Fire.

The board also recently advertised for  bids on county supplies that will be used throughout the entire year. Last Monday the board accepted the lowest and best bids from four companies for county supplies that will be used for 2010.

Nunley Trucking of Iuka was accepted for hauling limestone and RipRap. Wayne Roberts Paving of New Albany was accepted for asphalt hauling and asphalt laid in place. WG Construction of New Albany was accepted as an alternate bid to Wayne Roberts Paving for the purchase of hot mix. Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions of Memphis, Tenn. was accepted for all of the bids that Ergon requested concerning the hauling and unloading of asphalt.

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