The City of Omaha, Nebraska will purchase 18 emergency vehicles for its fire department, allowing the department to standardize its fleet. The City Council approved the purchase earier this week, according to KETV.
The city will enter into a purchase equipment with MacQueen Equipment to procure 11 emergency vehicles manufactured by Pierce Manufacturing and seven medical units manufactured by Demers Ambulance USA over the next three years. The purchase will come at a price tag of nearly $11 million.
According to a post on the department's Facebook page, the city will purchase a total of 54 emergency vehicles from MacQueen Equipment through 2029.
"When you call 911, you need an immediate response to your emergency. It is critical we have the equipment necessary to save lives and property. This guaranteed timeline for vehicle replacement assures we will have the resources we need at all times," said Fire Chief Dan Olsen.
The purchase will include one fire engine, six pumper trucks, four ladder trucks, and seven med units, according to the ordinance.
The city will have the option to trade in 11 emergency vehicles in the total amount of $36,250 at any time if the fire department determines it's in the best interest of the city. The city also has the option to purchase additional vehicles from MacQueen Equipment with all participating Pierce Manufacturing prices with a 0% price increase at the time of purchase.