Last week, the Big Spring City Council approved the purchase of a Fire Truck for the Big Spring Fire Department. The bid was awarded to Lone Star Emergency Group, Inc. for $391,782.00.
During the meeting it was noted that this is $51,000 over budget, but Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson advised that all 4 bids received from different companies had been over the budgeted amount due to the rising cost of materials.
Chief Ferguson also advised that even though Lone Star Emergency Group was not the lowest bid received, it was a vehicle that met all of the specifications and would be delivered in a timely manner and has the same mechanical components as every other fire truck that they had. The bid that came closer to the budgeted amount had a projected delivery time of 14 months. He stated that the new fire truck was needed as soon as possible, as it would be replacing a 1992 E-1 fire truck that had been in service for 27 years.