When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved the purchase of new police cars as well as rescue equipment for firefighters.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved the purchase of new police cars as well as rescue equipment for firefighters.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a tractor for the Parks and Recreation Department.

The Leavenworth Police Department is purchasing three 2018 Dodge Chargers to replace three patrol cars.

"These are the traditional black and white cars you see," said Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

The new vehicles are being purchased from Olathe Dodge for a total cost of $88,248.

Zeck Ford in Leavenworth submitted a lower bid of $84,000 for three Ford Police Interceptor AWD vehicles. But Nicodemus said the Ford cars did not meet the specifications requested by the Police Department.

He said the Ford vehicles have V6 engines, and police officials are wanting to purchase cars with V8 engines.

Nicodemus said the Dodge Chargers also will allow the Police Department to have screens built into the dashboards for the officers' mobile data terminal computers.

If the Police Department purchased the Ford vehicles, there also would have been an increased expense for purchasing equipment that could not have been transferred from Dodge cars that are being replaced, Nicodemus said.

Equipment can be transferred from the Dodge cars that are being replaced to the new Dodge Chargers.

Nicodemus said the Police Department still will need to purchase some equipment for the new Dodge Chargers.

He said $118,500 was budgeted for the replacement vehicles. Money left over after the purchase of the cars will be used for purchasing and installing equipment.

Nicodemus said the cars that are being replaced will be sold through an online auction service.

Commissioners voted Tuesday to purchase Hurst rescue tools from Danko Emergency Equipment, Snyder, Nebraska, in the amount of $26,472 and a Paratech 3 air bag set from Feld Fire, Carroll, Iowa, in the amount of $4,234.

Fire Chief Gary Birch said the equipment will be used mostly for extricating people after car accidents.

He said the Hurst rescue tools are also known as the Jaws of Life.

Birch said the Fire Department has used hydraulic rescue tools in the past. But in recent years, firefighters have started using eDraulic rescue equipment, which is battery powered.

He said the Fire Department already has sets of the eDraulic tools at two of its three stations. Tuesday's purchase will provide a set for the third fire station.

He said the old hydraulic tools will be used on reserve trucks.

Birch said the the bid from Danko Emergency Equipment is a sole source bid. He said there is only one supplier for the Hurst equipment in the region.

Birch said he wanted to purchase Hurst equipment because that company's tools already are used by the Fire Department. Birch said he wants the equipment within the department to be universal.

Commissioners also voted Tuesday to purchase a John Deere 5090M utility tractor from Heritage Tractor, Smithville, Missouri, in the amount of $52,396.

The new tractor will replace two smaller tractors used by parks personnel in the Parks and Recreation Department, according to Park Superintendent Brian Bailey.

Bailey said the old tractors will be sold through an online auction service.

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