Randy Camp

Catoosa County Fire Chief Randy Camp discusses changes made to the purchase contract of five new pumper fire trucks during a Jan. 2 Board of Commissioner's meeting. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Catoosa County commissioners recently approved a change order that will save the county a little more than $36,000 on its planned purchase of five pumper tanker trucks for the fire department.

On Aug. 15, the county officials approved purchase of more than $2.5 million worth of trucks and equipment for its fire department: the five pumper tankers, and six smaller, more frequently used trucks.

During the Jan. 2 Board of Commissioners' meeting, Fire Chief Randy Camp presented the change order request for the contract with Rosenbauer America LLC regarding the five pumper trucks.

"We're requesting to accept the change orders from Rosenbauer for different body and chassis adjustments to the five pumper tankers we currently have on order," Camp said. "The change order results in a savings of $36,590. The way this came about is some things we had specified in our bid process were basically name brand items like the ladders on the back that we were able to change."

Camp explained that when his assistant chief and one of his spec committee members sat down with Rosenbauer officials, they were able to breakdown the purchase and negotiate the changes to result in savings.

"They sat down with the engineers and brought up a lot of things that we could change to save money, which were some really nice adjustments," Camp said. "They make their own particular ladder, and the same way with some of the other things. Our initial request was for $333,772 (per truck) and this brings it down to $326,404."

Chairman Steve Henry inquired as to whether the changes would mean giving up quality on the trucks, but Camp stated he feels like the change is a win-win.

"Actually in some of the cases, like the ladder in the back I brought up, there's actually poundage increases for the men climbing it, so in most of the cases it's even a better thing to make the changes."

The board unanimously approved the change order, as well as the surplus designation of 10 existing vehicles in the department.

Camp said the county will look at different ways to sell or auction off the surplus vehicles through online auctions like GovDeals.com.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.