|HOUSTON- Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston City Council approved an upwards of $2 million dollar budget which will allow the Houston Fire Department (HFD) to acquire necessary station and fleet upgrades.
In an effort to better serve the citizens of Houston, the HFD will receive 10 hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks. City Council approved the purchase of 52, hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks in the total amount of $2,158,182 for Department of Neighborhoods, Houston Police, Houston Fire and General Services departments. These vehicles will be used by the department’s personnel to provide services to citizens throughout the City. The hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks will replace vehicles in the Arson and Professional Standards Office that have reached end of useful life and this procurement supports Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Houston Climate Action Plan. The funding for these vehicles is included in the FY2024 Capital Improvement Plan.
City Council also approved $215,356 to purchase modular building replacements for HFD Station 101. The modular building replacements for Station 101 will replace the existing modular building that is past its life expectancy, requiring frequent costly maintenance. The modular building serves as a dormitory for firefighters, containing bedrooms, restrooms, and showers.
The HFD will also receive one GMC 2500HD truck through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) purchasing cooperative in the total amount of $104,992.92. This vehicle will serve as a replacement for a currently outdated and aging vehicle. The new GMC truck will be used to sustain and enhance the teams’ capabilities to respond to local and/or regional emergencies.
Over the last 6 years, Chief Peña and the administration have worked diligently in replacing aging vehicles, and addressing facility needs. These purchases will serve to sustain and enhance the department’s capabilities to respond to local and regional emergencies. A special thanks to Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston City Council for continuously supporting the needs and initiatives of the Houston Fire Department.