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(May 4, 2017)

Four new fire trucks will be in service next week, replacing older, existing equipment.  Two trucks will be assigned in North Omaha, one downtown and one in south Omaha.

Mayor Jean Stothert authorized the purchase in 2016, the Omaha City Council approved, the trucks were delivered two weeks ago.

Following the installation of communications equipment, the trucks will be ready for service.  The total purchase price of each truck is approximately $500,000. * These trucks are in addition to three other new engines delivered in 2016.

The Fire Department is also completing the replacement of the entire fleet of Battalion Chief vehicles. Five went into service in 2016, the remaining three are going into service this week. The total purchase price for the eight Chevrolet Tahoes is approximately $288,000.  

In addition to these upgrades, bids are currently out for four new medic units to be purchased and delivered in early 2018. This brings the number of new medic units to nine since 2014. 

“Upgrading equipment, technology and staffing for the Omaha Fire Department has been a priority of our administration,” said Mayor Stothert.  “In an emergency, firefighters need the best tools possible.”

On May 19, 19 new firefighters will graduate from the training academy; the second recruit graduation in a year, for a total sworn staff of 652.

The Omaha Fire Department has also received a $2.4 million Assistance to Firefighter Grant to purchase new portable radios.  The 493 radios purchased with this grant will be distributed to OFD and seven other Douglas County regional fire departments in June.    Previous grants (2013-2016) have paid for replacement of all Jaws of Life equipment, a bariatric ambulance, a bilingual community safety specialist, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

The 2017 Omaha Fire Department budget is $100 million.

Previous budgets:

2013: $83.8 million

2014: $91.5 million

2015: $93.7 million

2016: $99.1 million

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