$16K to replace 2 thermal imagers

Fri, 01/23/2009 - 2:51pm
By: John Munford

Peachtree City will be spending $16,600 to replace two thermal imagers for the fire department instead of paying almost $8,000 to repair them.

Both of the units being replaced are currently broken down, with one of the units being five years old while the other four years old. They are the same brand as currently used by the fire department which will help insure operational consistency due to the technology involved, said Battalion Chief Ron Mundy.

The thermal imagers are critical to the department’s search and rescue operations, Mundy told the City Council at a special meeting Tuesday morning.

Mundy said only two vendors could provide bids because the manufacturer has just two authorized dealers in the area.

The winning bid was from FireLine, Inc. and the other bid, for $30,734, was from Fisher Scientific. Mundy said he thought FireLine provided a better price because it sold the city its previous thermal imagers.

“They were just able to provide a better price for the product,” Mundy said.

The city has a total of six thermal imagers including the two units that are broken down and being replaced, officials said.

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 7:28pm.

They want to lay off 23 people because they can not afford to pay them due to the budget crisis, and now we see this? What is going on here? This is yet another example of the ineptitude of this city's budget judgement. They want to save $840,000 by firing people. Just by reading the paper TODAY I see $88,600 that can be saved. That is more than 1/10th of what they are asking for by firing these people. HELLO - help me out here folks! Tell me what else you know. All the small things add up. Just like using coupons at the grocery store. We all have to pinch pennies now and it is time the City is MADE to do the same! Remember, these are your pennies too! JeanieLynne@yahoo.com

Submitted by Bonkers on Tue, 01/27/2009 - 6:34am.

It would seem that they might find a repair shop cheaper than $6000!
Did they try?

Why do they need so many of them anyway?
Afraid if someone gets burned it will be blamed on an unrepaired 2 imagers out of six?
Maybe I can fix it---let me know---no charge. Well, maybe $1000.

Your point is made, however. Management doesn't yet get the point, do they?
They Haven't figured out yet how to layof people without being blamed!

This thing ain't going away and you can't raise the value of homes nor raise taxes to pay for all we have!!
The Feds may bail you out somewhat, but you don't want fed help do you conserves?

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