Union House Fire Company’s 29-year-old tower ladder truck will be replaced, reports Lebanon Daily News.
The company purchased the 1983 Mack/Baker truck in 2001 for $200,000. In the past five years, the company has spent $47,000 on repairs. Now, the ladder’s hydraulic system is need of major repairs, and that could cost as much as $30,000.
The company plans to replace the truck instead of spending more on repairs. These is also a major hydraulic leak of the extension cylinders.
Because of the hydraulic leak, the ladder is a safety hazard and it is no longer used. When the truck responds to calls, firefighters use the ground equipment only.
The company had looked into buying a used truck, but finding one in good condition that meets all of the company’s needs and specifications has proven difficult.
A new truck could cost as much as $1 million, but the company is planning to spend between $700,000 and $850,000. The company has about $650,000 in savings and plans to use about $300,000 of that and borrow the rest.
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