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County to rent fire truck for airport protection

By DAVID TEWES
May 10, 2010 at 12:10 a.m.


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The commissioners court also approved a resolution declaring this week "Police Officers' Week" and Saturday as "Peace Officers' Memorial Day."

The resolution notes 125 peace officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide last year, including 11 from Texas.

The cost of providing a specialized fire truck to protect the flying public isn't cheap.

A rented fire truck will cost the county $9,500 for a month while its aging truck at the Victoria Regional Airport undergoes needed repairs.

"We obviously have to have one there," County Judge Don Pozzi said Monday during the commissioners court meeting. "Hopefully, we will have it repaired in that time."

The rent is $6,000 per month and a round-trip delivery fee costs $3,500. The truck is in Nevada.

Ron Pray, the Victoria County fire marshal, said when the current truck underwent its annual inspection this year, the inspector said one of the pumps is in danger of failing. He said it needed to be taken care of soon.

Pray said he doesn't believe there is any immediate danger of the pump failing.

"You've got about a six- to 10-month window, but it needs to be done," he said. "Be it commercial, military or general aviation, we want to make sure everyone is taken care of."

Mechanics would also take care of the required quarterly maintenance while the county has the backup truck.

The vehicle is 12 years old and Pray said the Federal Aviation Administration typically recommends replacing them every 10 years.

"So we're at that point where we are going to have to start looking at it."

A new truck could cost from $800,000 to $950,000 and it takes anywhere from six to 18 months to build a new one, Pray said.

The time depends on such factors as how busy the company is and the type of equipment required.

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