League City to buy fire-investigation trailer, apply for grant to equip it

With a light agenda, the League City City Council on Feb. 26 approved funding and applying for grants for a fire-investigation trailer.

The council voted 6-1 on spending up to $79,254.74 on the 26-foot trailer from Rolltechs Specialty Vehicles LLC. The League City Fire Department will use the trailer to investigate fires for causes including arson as well as respond to hazmat spills and other emergencies that otherwise temporarily pull fire engines out of service, a fire department official said.

A year ago, the fire marshal’s office got council approval to apply for a $195,000 grant through the governor’s office to fund the purchase of the trailer. The office received $79,000, which it will use to buy the trailer.

However, $79,000 is not enough to fund a full fire-investigation trailer.

With the council’s approval, the office will again apply for a $131,230 grant to equip the trailer with things such as radios, cameras, audio-video recorders, a roof-mounted air-conditioning unit, computers and networking devices, a weather station, televisions and more.

All the equipment the grant would fund would “allow for [the] command and investigations trailer to be utilized to its fullest capacity,” a city document reads. If the city does not receive the full $131,230, it would use what money it receives to equip the trailer with prioritized equipment, a department official said.

Council Member Larry Millican was the sole council member to vote against buying the trailer and applying for a grant for its equipment, which he noted would likely be outdated in five years. He also said when the council approved accepting the $79,000 grant, he was under the impression it was for the full trailer, not just a shell.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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