FLINT TWP. — Going, going gone. By the time this is published, the township fire department could be the new owner of a used fire truck due to be auctioned off on Wednesday, January 18.
The 1995 International 4900 Command/Light fire truck is being sold by the Davison Fire Department through Repocast of Flint. It has 18122 miles on the odometer, is diesel fueled with an automatic transmission, air conditioning, and a 20-foot box with a walk-in command center.
Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley asked the township board to authorize him to bid up to $31,000 for the truck. After a brief discussion about bidding strategy, the board ultimately approved $40,000 which would allow a bid of up to $36,000 and also cover processing fees.
Township Supervisor asked if there was a Blue Book-type value for the truck. Burkley said no – prices are set by supply and demand. They bid previously for a truck being sold by the Swartz Creek department which sold for $7,000 -higher than the $5,000 allocation. The former fire chief also looked at a similar truck a few years back that cost $100,000, he said.
Miller questioned if the amount Burkley requested was too low.
“What is someone gets it for $25 more?” she asked
Burkley said he was aware of at least three other fire departments looking at the truck but did not know if they would actually bid on it.
Davison is selling truck because it is in their rotation to be replaced, Burkley said.
The township wants the truck to replace its current 1984 truck which is in limited use because few parts are available if it gets damaged. Also, it has no air-conditioning or heat and a stickshift transmission which few fire personnel can drive. Firefighters noted the discomfort of using the truck when it is very hot or very cold outside.
The Davison truck is in excellent condition, has maintenance records and was looked over and approved by members of the fire team.
Burkley added that the new truck should last more than ten years and would save the township about $250,000, per the fire equipment replacement schedule. Funds to purchase the truck will come from the fire equipment millage and is budgeted for 2017.
Burkley said he did not want to spend more on the truck because the department also needs to use fire equipment millage money this year to buy self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment, if a federal grant does not come through.