On October 16, after the Board of Supervisors completed the topics shown on the published agenda, Oaks Assistant Chief Joe LoCasle
recommended the purchase of a refurbished secondhand Aerialscope.
Last month, between September 24 and 26, LoCasle
was joined by Oaks' Don Crabtree, and Brian MacFarland of Lower Providence Fire Company, on an inspection visit to Alahambra, California.
told the board an Underwriter's Laboratory certification is the best you can get. The U/L inspector reviewed major structural, hydraulic, oil sampling, and presented a list of deficiencies to the engine broker.No U/L certification will be given until repairs that will cost between $ 37, 000 and $ 45, 000 are completed on the west coast.Once repaired, the life expectancy of this equipment is 20 years, the same length of time predicted when it was brand new.
The purchase price is $ 180, 000 which includes the cost of the equipment, flatbed truck transportation, testing, and miscellaneous fees.A down payment amount has already been paid.A new apparatus would cost 75 % more, or $ 500, 000.
Because aerial fire fighting is a new endeavor at Oaks, LoCasle
explained that they would rather not learn on a new piece.
Brennan required a paper trail from LoCasle
to ensure that the company personnel do not go to Aruba with the money.