Athens Volunteer Fire Department and local officials are considering a purchase of a $750,000 fire truck to replace a 1990 fire truck, reports Hudson Valley 360.
The department has been working on the design and plans for a new truck and is close to finalizing the plan. The new truck would be an engine tanker with a 2,000-gallon water capacity.
The plan being considered is to put payments that are currently going to pay the bond for construction of the fire station toward the truck purchase. The fire station was built in 2002 and the 20-year bond will be paid in full next year.
Once the board votes on the purchase, the community would have 30 days to put together a petition calling for a vote.
A consideration toward the fire truck purchase is COVID-19’s impact on steel and computer chips.