Alameda Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi will get a new $36,000 sport utility vehicle (SUV) as a command car if Alameda City Council approves a staff recommendation next Tuesday night. The fire department also wants to replace a 2003 fire engine, a 1995 aerial ladder truck and a 2005 paramedic van.
Under the least expensive financing plan, purchase of the engine, truck and paramedic van would cost a total $2.7 million, including interest, over 15 years.
The city would spend $69,000 from the equipment replacement fund to pay for the chief’s SUV and a $33,000 pick-up truck to use as a tow vehicle for a rescue boat.
The SUV would replace a Ford Crown Victoria command car, which would be surplused, and the other vehicles that are replaced would move to the reserve fleet, allowing existing reserve vehicles to be surplused as well.
Last week, the Alameda Fire Department took delivery of a new tractor-drawn aerial ladder truck that requires a “tiller operator” to steer the back of the vehicle.
On June 5th, Alameda voters rejected a local sales tax increase measure that was promoted by the City of Alameda and proponents as necessary to provide funding for replacement public safety vehicles.