Brownwood City Council members approved an expenditure of up to $25,000 Tuesday for the repair of one of the Brownwood Fire Department's trucks.
Metro Fire has completed an inspection of Engine 2 and has identified several defects that must be repaired or replaced, Brownwood Fire Chief Del Albright told council members.
Engine 2 is the front line pumper for Station 2, which covers the south side of the city from Avenue K and is used daily, Albright told the council. It is equipped to perform several tasks including fire suppression and vehicle extrication, Albright said.
Metro Fire estimates a 30-day turnaround, Albright told the council.
Items needing repairing or replacement include the water pump, steering shaft and computer nodes, Albright said.
"Fire apparatus are specialized pieces of equipment," City Manager Bobby Rountree said, noting that fire truck repairs are Metro Fire's specialties.
The repairs to Engine 2 will be the second major repair job in 2 1/2 years on a fire department truck. In 2012, council members approved an expenditure of up to $30,000 for the repair or rebuilding of numerous components on Quint 1, the fire department's 75-foot aerial ladder/pumper truck.
Quint 1, which is housed at Station 1, was approaching the end of its useful life, but Metro Fire believed the repairs would add another three years of service, Rountree told council members in February 2012. A new truck similar to Quint 1 will cost close to $1 million, Rountree said then.
Rountree said Wednesday that Quint 1 is performing will after its repair. "I think, over the next couple of years, we'll have to look at replacing it or moving it to second line," Rountree said.