ROCK SPRINGS – The Rock Springs Fire Department received approval to start the process of getting a new fire truck on the streets of Rock Springs. As for a recently retired fire truck, the saga continues.
At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the 1982 LaFrance fire truck issue was to be taken off the table and a decision made on where the truck would go. Discussions over the past month were leading to transferring the truck to the county, and then it would more than likely be sent to a Manila Utah fire department which patrols a portion of Sweetwater County.
That was the plan, but at the Tuesday night Rock Springs City Council meeting, the truck remained on the table. Rock Springs Mayor Carl Demshar explained the city had just received a memorandum of understanding from the county, and the city had not had time to go through it.
Demshar said the truck will stay on the table until the city has time to have its legal team go through the MOU.
On Tuesday, the council gave permission to the RSFD to apply for a Federal Mineral Royalty Capital Construction Account Grant for the purpose of replacing a Quint Fire Apparatus. The project cost estimate is $1,188,622.00 and will go to Wyoming State Land and Investment Board for consideration.
The city should find out if they receive the grant in June and if everything goes right, the new engine could be in service in November.
This quint fire apparatus would replace a primary response quint fire apparatus which is stationed at Rock Springs Headquarters Fire Station. The proposed quint fire apparatus will be used for fire suppression, advanced life support medical first response, light rescue and hazardous materials response services. The City of Rock Springs will budget $50,000 to stock this truck with the needed fire hose, and loose equipment.