The Hemet City Council, after hearing a plea from the city fire chief, opted to approve the purchase of a new $748,324 first line fire engine to replace an aging engine now in the repair shop and out of service.
Hemet fire Chief Scott Brown earlier made the request for the purchase with a promise to come back and provide the council with options for the purchase of the engine and the best one available. Tuesday, March 10, at the regular council meeting he reviewed the need for the purchase of the new engine that had not been previously fully budgeted in the General Fund or Measure U funds.
He said the department has seven fire engines and one aerial truck available for response each day. Two the engines are “reserve engines” to replace any front-line engines that might go down, l