“Its time has come,” Fullingim said.
A fire engine would most likely take about half of the budget set aside for city fleet replacement, he said.
The fire department is expecting a standard fire engine to be delivered around the last week of October for Fire Station 6 on East Alameda Street. Two more fire engines have been ordered for stations one and four expected to be delivered in February.
“The two (engines) that will be replaced in February are both on their last leg,” he said, adding that they’re probably only worth $2,500.
The purchase of two tankers were approved for Stations 8 and 9 as well, Fullingim said. The tankers are expected to be delivered by March, in time for grass fire season. Tankers are typically built faster than fire engines, he said.
Police updates: Chief Keith Humphrey said they hope to be moved into the Smalley Army Reserve Center no later than the first or second week of January. The building, on West Lindsey Street, used to be an old military facility with a weapons locker.
The facility will provide an area for police and fire investigations, a crime lab, evidence storage and other police-related activities.
Humphrey said the police department gave their first full certification to Vicksburg Village Apartments for completing the Crime-Free Norman program. The program focuses on what apartment complexes can do to help reduce crime in the community.
Lt. Jim Keesee reported that a new police academy began Oct. 4, starting out with 91 applicants. The number of individuals continuing with the academy is 11. Many get filtered out throughout the process, due to a number of reasons, Keesee said.
Some of those reasons may be that other law enforcement agencies get to them before Norman selects them, some may not have the required experience or college credit hours and some may have been previously convicted of felonies.