GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- In a plan the Grand Rapids City Commission calls a "historic presentation," the fire department will receive nearly $4.4 million in city tax money to buy four new engines and repair three others.
The fire department says the money will help fix an aging fleet that doesn't have the technology needed to fight fires.
Fire officials say 60 percent of their fleet is more than 15 years old.
The department expects to save $24 million on fire engines over the next 30 years by buying with cash instead of financing the purchases.
The new trucks will be medium-duty instead of heavy-duty, and therefore will cost $300,000 less per truck. They'll also last longer.
"They're all red, the same sirens, carry the same number of people, so just lighter duty components that aren't intended to last as long," said Fire Lt. Rich Clark, vice president of the firefighters' union.
"This is historic in the fact that it's a $4.4 million dollar request from the transformation investment fund," said Fire Chief Laura Knapp.
The trucks will be dispatched to suburban areas with less fire activity. Those areas have not yet been determined.