A new fire truck is now rolling through the streets of Paso Robles.
The City Council recently approved the lease-to-own purchase of the $502,500 fire engine to replace one of two 11-year-old front-line engines that each had more than 100,000 miles logged, according to the city. The council opted for a 10-year contract with annual lease payments of $58,710 to start in November.
In a few months, the department plans to ask the council to replace its other older engine, Emergency Services Chief Ken Johnson said.
The new 30-foot fire truck, outfitted to meet new safety and emissions standards, started work earlier this month and is responding to calls.
It joins two other fire engines, one ladder truck and an assortment of smaller vehicles already in the department’s fleet, Johnson said. The department operates two fire engines as primary, front-line response vehicles, which deploy from the city’s two staffed fire stations at 900 Park St. and 235 Santa Fe Ave.
The life expectancy of a fire engine is 20 years — 10 years in front-line service and 10 years in reserve serving as a backup, he added.The older engine that the new truck replaced will be kept for use as a reserve truck.
“Having three fire engines allows for backup for when an engine is down for repair and extra response capability,” Johnson said.