Re “New firetruck will come with bells and whistles” (Page 1A, Sept. 29): I read with interest about the newest fire engine for the Turlock Fire Department. Being a retired firefighter, I can relate to the excitement of taking delivery of the latest piece of firefighting equipment. However, I am perplexed as to why Turlock and so many of our local municipalities and fire districts continue to purchase their equipment from out-of-state vendors.
Long before Oakdale was known for being the Cowboy Capital and its famous PRCA rodeo and chocolate, it was known for building outstanding fire apparatus. P.E. Van Pelt began his fire truck business in 1925, and it was an industry standard for over 60 years. His tradition continues as Hi-Tech Emergency Vehicle Apparatus. For over 25 years, they have been building high-quality fire equipment for cities and fire districts throughout California and beyond. There is also West Mark in Ceres. They have been manufacturing fire trucks for over 20 years.
I’m sure the city of Turlock believes it has made the best decision for its department. Wouldn’t the best decision be to spend taxpayers’ money locally?
Michael French, Oakdale