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July 1, 2014

Commissioners approve lease purchase of fire trucks for Velma

DUNCAN — Stephens County commissioners approved the lease purchase of two fire brush trucks for the Velma Volunteer Fire Department, and the contract is set for approval next Monday.

During the regular meeting, the commissioners approved the purchase through Midwest Fire on behalf of the Fire Department. Cody Ketchum and Monte Tadlock, both representing the Velma Volunteer Fire Department, attended the meeting to voice their opinion on which of the five bids received at the June 23 regular meeting to approve.

The bids were tabled during the June 23 meeting to provide the Fire Department time to review each bid. When it came to making a suggestion during Monday’s meeting, they chose Midwest Fire, which was actually the third lowest bidder.

“Midwest Fire was the best from what we saw,” Ketchum said.

The lowest bidder was from Chief Fire and Safety, which Tadlock and Ketchum said they had used before and weren’t looking forward to working with the company again. Chief Fire and Safety bid $186,486.

The second lowest bidder was Cooper Creek Manufacturing at $204,500. The firefighters said the company didn’t meet the bid specifications, resulting in them not accepting the bid.

Midwest Fire bid $213,658, which Ketchum said had the best financing of any of the companies. The plan for the department is to lease the vehicles for five years.

Ketchum and Tadlock said they appreciated how easy the company was to get a hold of, too.

“They met everything we needed,” Tadlock said about Midwest Fire.

Once the contract is approved, the trucks will be ordered.

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