Clanton approves purchasing fire department vehicles

Published 9:53 am Tuesday, January 24, 2023

By JOYANNA LOVE | Managing Editor

The Clanton City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a pumper fire truck and an ambulance for the Clanton Fire Department during its Jan. 23 meeting.

The fire truck will cost $697,000. However, payment is not due until the truck is delivered, which Fire Chief David Driver said could be up to two years because of manufacturer timelines.

Committing to purchasing the fire truck now locks in the current price, ahead of expected increases in February.

The ambulance will cost approximately $297,000. However, payment is not due until the ambulance is ready, which could be up to 18 months.

An additional ambulance is being applied for as a part of the CFD application to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The grant program is competitive, and there are no guarantees of funding being awarded. The city would be required to contribute 5% of the total grant funding. After the grant application is made, it will likely be 10 months to a year before the department knows if it has been awarded anything, Driver said.

He said the department will also be applying for nine air masks with Bluetooth capabilities to integrate with the P25 radios and a device that determines if an air mask is fitting properly.

In other emergency services-related business, the council approved a one-time donation of  $1,500 to the Chilton County Rescue Squad.

The Council also approved:

  • Purchasing a mobile command unit for the police and fire departments to use at events and during natural disasters.
  • Two ABC licenses. One was for Worthey Consulting (P and Z Package Store). The other was for Snak Group LLC (Sunshine Food Mart).
  • Declaring a piece of land surplus in order to sell it. The council approved suspending the usual rules in order to vote on the ordinance during the same meeting as its first reading.
  • Repealing the current resolution that determines what wrecker services are called when a driver cannot call for themselves. The council adopted the State of Alabama Wrecker Inspection and Rotation Policy in its place.