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City receives 1 bid for Hotshot vehicles

Los Angeles-area fire museum interested in acquiring buggies

One of the Granite Mountain Hotshots two buggies that are up for sale.

Photo by The Daily Courier .

One of the Granite Mountain Hotshots two buggies that are up for sale.

One of the transport vehicles used by the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew could be heading to Los Angeles County soon.

In early May, the City of Prescott advertised the two buggies for sale, with bids to be opened late Friday afternoon, May 12.

City officials reported this week that the advertisement produced just one bid – from the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum in Bellflower, California.

Although Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light declined to disclose the amount of the bid this week, he reported Tuesday that believes the bid is “acceptable and reasonable,” and that it appears to follow the full intent of the city’s advertisement.

Prescott Community Outreach Manager John Heiney said the Prescott City Council is scheduled to vote on the matter at its next regular meeting on May 23.

The city advertised the two buggies for a selling price of $35,000 or best offer. The advertisement added that preference would be given to a bidder who would retain at least one of the vehicles in the Prescott area to honor the Hotshots, 19 of whom died in June 2013 fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.

“It is believed one of the two will remain in the Prescott area,” Light said, although he was uncertain of the actual location. If the Los Angeles-area museum does purchase the two buggies, Light said, “They would become the custodial keepers of the vehicles.”

At a February meeting between Light and Hotshot family members, Joe Woyjeck, the father of fallen Hotshot Kevin Woyjeck, had expressed interest in acquiring the buggies for the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum, where he and his son had spent time volunteering.

On May 5, Woyjeck confirmed that the museum was interested in the buggies and had submitted a bid to the city. He confirmed at the time that the museum hopes to display one of the buggies at its California facility, and leave the other in the Prescott area.

Meanwhile, Light said he had heard of no new developments in the effort to preserve Fire Station 7, the Sixth Street home of the Hotshots. The council earlier set a deadline of May 1 for a proposal on the building, but did not receive any plans by that time.