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Bidding process begins again on fire trucks

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Columbus Fire Chief Dave Allmon has begun to push forward again with his plans to gradually replace the department's aging fleet.

That plan was derailed late last year when the city advertised bids that were too specific — limiting the ability of companies to submit bids for the two trucks the city hoped to purchase late in late 2013.

Allmon said bid specifications for the pumper and the quint — a combination engine and ladder truck — have been reworked to be less proprietary.

He said companies initially planning to bid on the truck were not given enough time to come up with good bids. The specifications came from a new bid-preparation process that left bidders with 143 pages of specifications for the pumper and 164 pages for the quint. The specifications detailed every aspect of the trucks including items such as the brand of radio chargers.

Allmon said city officials will be meeting with potential bidders after the mayor and Board of Public Works and Safety approves specifications for advertising.

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