City Invests $4 Million on New Fire Apparatus

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – At today’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb and the City Council approved the lease purchase of six new fire department apparatus that will replace aged equipment.

The Fire Department will receive three ambulances, an aerial fire truck, and two fire engines totaling approximately $4 million. The vehicle purchases include funding from the FY 2021 General Fund Budget through FY 2026.

  • The three ambulances are equipped with cardiac monitors, burn kits, oxygen, and a stretcher. They will be assigned to Station 10 on Horne Road, the City’s newest Station 8 on Kostoryz Road and Flour Bluff’s Station 13 on Waldron Road. The older ambulances will become part of the reserve fleet with the three oldest units in the department’s inventory being salvaged.
  • The aerial fire apparatus will include large ladders that extend from the truck and is hydraulically operated. The specialized equipment is used for forcible entry, ventilation and search and rescue tasks. The unit will be assigned to Station 1 in the downtown area. The older unit which is 22 years old will be salvaged.
  • The two fire engines carry ladders, hoses, tools, and pump water. They are equipped with a large water tank that holds 500 gallons and can pump approximately 1,500 gallons per minute. The unit’s will be assigned to Station 1 and Station 5 located on Leopard Street.

“The Corpus Christi Fire Department is very thankful for Council approval of this much-needed equipment. This is part of City Manager Zanoni’s fire department equipment replacement plan to ensure our fire fighters have the very latest and updated fire equipment,” said Fire Chief Robert Rocha.