City Council blesses purchase of new engines for Ocala Fire Rescue

Ocala Fire Rescue will soon be getting two new fire engines.

That’s because the City Council approved a plan Tuesday to purchase two 2020 Typhoon pumpers from E-One, which is located at 1601 SW 37th Ave., just off Interstate 75.

The city of Ocala has agreed to purchase two new E-One Typhoon engines similar to the one shown above.

The total cost for the engines is $993,924, but the city is saving $100,990 through a prepayment discount and by ordering the equipment prior to a price increase E-One plans to implement in September.

Ocala Fire Rescue sought the new equipment because nine of its engines, on average, are 13 years old and have more than 949,250 miles each. Replacement of the two engines should allow the department to improve reliability and response time of front-line fire apparatus used for emergency responses, said John King, director of fleet management for the city.

The money for the new engines is coming from the city’s fiscal year 2020 fleet capital improvement plan in machinery and equipment account.

The two new E-One Typhoon fire engines will cost $993,924, but Ocala Fire Rescue will enjoy a savings of $100,990 through a prepayment discount and by ordering the equipment prior to a price increase E-One plans to implement in September.