Tow company receives fire board’s thanks

March 2, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Fire Department on Tuesday recognized A & G Towing for its 10-plus years of support for the department.

The company has donated multiple vehicles for training purposes, a department spokeswoman said later.

“These donations allow our members to create real-life training scenarios in advance of the actual events our first responders may face daily,” spokeswoman Lori Viles said.

In 2018, she said, A & G Towing donated 36 vehicles, which were used for department training exercises, demonstrations of equipment the BCFD is considering buying and familiarizing crews with newly purchased extrication equipment.

Fire Chief Patrick Moore presented a plaque to A & G Towing’s Kevin Malaro and Bobby Hosler at Tuesday’s governing board meeting.

Also at the meeting, auditor Jim Saunders said that he found everything in the BCFD’s accounting for fiscal year 2017-2018 to be in order and accurate. He said one concern was found in ambulance billing, but that the department has corrected that.

A hard copy of his report can be made available at fire department headquarters.

The board approved the purchase of three new staff vehicles from Bill Luke Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram for $90,516.

The sale includes two Dodge Durango SUVs and a Ram light-duty pickup.

Moore said the pickup will replace an old V10 model, resulting in a significant drop in fuel use, going from 8 mpg to 18.

He said the department investigated the possibility of buying low-mileage used vehicles, but found that the savings would be just $463.

The department piggybacked onto a state contract and is payinga pre-negotiated flat price for each vehicle. Taxes and fees are included in the price, but striping and lights are not.

In apparatus news, Moore said that Firetrucks Unlimited is expected to complete the refurbishment of one BCFD ambulance by mid-March, at which time it will start on another.

Battalion Chief Justin Flummer told board members that engine manufacturer E-One is working on the BCFD’s order of five new trucks. They go on the assembly line March 1, he said.

Assistant Chief Scott Neal said that recent rains revealed roof leaks at every fire station. He said the major ones have been handled.

A major section of the roof at Station No. 3 is being rebuilt, Neal said.

He said department officials are awaiting cost estimate on station security proposals.

Station improvements were included in a $16.7 million bond package approved by fire district voters in 2017. The new fire engines are also part of the bond purchases.