The Carlisle City Council approved the purchase of three additions to the Carlisle Fire Department fleet during a special meeting on Monday night.


Assistant Fire of Chief for training Brent Doney presented photographs and pump test information for two used fire trucks and a service truck the fire department would like to purchase. Doney said after inspecting and test driving the trucks, the officers and chief all unanimously agreed on the two trucks presented and in addition, was able to bargain down an acceptable price yo include a service truck. According to Doney, the original cost of the three trucks was $108,000 which they were able negotiate down to $85,000. The $85,000 includes the trade in value of $5,000 for the two older fire trucks the city currently owns.


The service truck is a 1996 GMC Topkick C6500 with only 54000 miles on it. The 1999 Freightliner FL80 Fire truck has 135,000 miles on it. Although Doney didn’t have the exact mileage for the the 2003 E-one Cyclone fire truck, he said it was slightly more than the Freightliner. All three trucks will come with a 30 day warranty on major repairs.


Doney said that while the trucks have been pump tested and currently undergoing a bumper to bumper service inspection, the fire department also asked Mayor Ray Glover to approve having the department’s inspector also conduct their own pump test and inspection as an additional precaution prior to purchase.


As for financing, the city received three financing bids from local banks. The highest bid for financing with an interest rate of 4.15 percent and a monthly payment of $1,571.16 was from Bank of England. The lowest bid with an interest rate of 3 percent and payments of $1,527.29 was from BancorpSouth Bank.


By unanimous vote, the council approve financing the purchase of three fire trucks in the about of $85,000 through BancorpSouth Bank.


Doney said assuming the trucks pass inspection, the fire department should have possession of the trucks by the end of the week.


The next regular scheduled council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Civic Center.