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No, like all other cities they are "courted" by companies that sell equipment. New fire trucks, EMS units and all other gear usually are sold by sales reps or agents. So the minute someone mentions fireboat the sales person is hot on the phone to the best available that will pay the biggest commission from the sale. This way the bid process is sidestepped due to the "unique" purchase as it is called. This way the department that the equipment is deemed for gets their way in the purchase and the Taxpayer is stuck with the bill.
Again, Where are our new "council" to protect this kind of thing from getting pushed through.
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