The City of Payette, Idaho, rushed the purchase of a replacement fire engine before the price increased by 25% due to President Trump’s tariff on imported metal, The Argus Observer reported. The city locked in a purchase price of $342,000 by ordering before July 1 from Hughes Fire Equipment in Oregon.
A June 14 memo from the fire chief stated that city already has $290,000 reserved for the purchase of a pumper engine, which will replace a 1985 Pierce engine currently serving as frontline apparatus. This unit would be moved to reserve status.
The city is purchasing a Pierce Freightliner Pumper AS701 using an NPPGov cooperative procurement contract. The final price includes a prepayment discount. The Fire Department expects delivery within 10.5 to 13.5 months.
A representative for Pierce confirmed that the president’s metal tariff impacts the price of steel and aluminum, but would not comment on vehicle price increases. Hughes Fire, the dealership, could not be reached for comment.