Bedford Township (OH) has authorized the purchase of a Pierce Top Mount Pumper for $418,821.
The truck will join the township department’s fleet of “first-out” engines, which is getting on in years. Three of the four rigs are 20 years old; the newest dates to 2008.
The purchase will be financed with a 2.57 percent installment loan from Monroe Bank and Trust. Payments of $22,189 will be made quarterly for five years, starting Dec. 15.
Interim Fire Chief Jim Neorr and the township’s fire commission had recommended the purchase of two engines, given the age of the fire department’s equipment, but this option was deemed too expensive.
The recommendation was because the cost of new fire engines has been increasing by $13,000 per year or more, and the township’s older equipment was rapidly losing its trade-in or resale value because it was expensive to maintain.
“The trucks are starting to wear out” and would need repairs if they were not traded in, Chief Neorr told the board, adding that the older equipment was not as safe as the new trucks.
The new pumper will have an aluminum body and a 1,500-gallon-per-minute pump. The vote to purchase it was 4-2 and was taken after a spirited discussion. Clerk Trudy Hershberger was absent because her husband was ill.
Trustees Paul Pirrone and Nancy Tienvieri voted no because they considered the Pierce too costly.
“Bedford can’t afford a Pierce truck,” Mr. Pirrone said, and he urged the board to look for a cheaper brand.
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