Buffalo Fire Chief “Gomer” Gammon approached the Buffalo City Council at their meeting last week, asking for pre-approval for him to look into the possible purchase of a used fire engine from the Bureau of Land Management.
The truck, a Type-6 Wild-land Fire Engine, is for sale by the BLM Office in Rock Springs for $12,000.
By comparison, Gammon said, a new type 6 engine, fully loaded would run between $80,000 and $120,000.
Gammon explains more about the vehicle and why he feels the city fire department needs one.
The type-6 engine can run off-road in more rugged terrain than the standard engines the city has which are designed for use on paved and improved roads.
Gammon said the engine purchase is not in this year's budget and if the city decides to purchase it, a budget amendment will be required. It will come with some equipment but will require the city purchase some equipment to make it usable, but he thinks the equipment can be purchased with existing budgetary funds.
The council voted to allow Gammon to travel to Rock Springs to evaluate the engine, and if satisfied, to make the purchase.