Boise’s fire department gave away a fire engine this week to the Ada County Sheriff’s Department.
The move is allowed under state law and it should save taxpayers a few dollars. Chief Dennis Doan told the GUARDIAN he wanted the former fire rig to be decorated in any color but red and not have it look like a fire truck.
Ada Sheriff Steve Bartlett told us he plans to convert the truck into a “command post-utility vehicle.”
“We will use it for hostage situations and other emergencies. Our intent is to use all the compartment space and crew cab to equipment and staff,” said Bartlett, adding, “we already own most of the equipment and the county shop should be able to do most of the conversion work.”
The city estimated the value of the old truck at around $11,000 and Bartlett hoped to get the conversion for around $5,000. Whatever the eventual cost, it is nice to see some inter-agency cooperation.
Boise Police previously gave the county their Army surplus M-RAP after an unenthusiastic public reception.
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