Cheswick (PA) Council Agrees to Fire Apparatus Purchase

A new pumper will be purchased for the Cheswick Volunteer Fire Company.

Borough council voted 4-0 to buy the fire truck from Rosenbauer America of South Dakota for about $354,000. The price includes a roughly $11,000 discount for pre-payment.

To pay for the truck, the borough will use $250,000 from a 2011 bond issue. The borough will seek a loan, possibly from the state, to pay the rest, with the fire company committed to paying $50,000 toward those payments.

The fire company will pay its share through fundraising efforts and donations, company President Joe Ferraro said.

The new truck is expected to arrive in April. Council has until the truck arrives to work out the details of the loan, council President Vickie Roolf said.

It will replace a 1989 pumper, one of the department’s three vehicles and its primary firefighting apparatus. The department hopes to keep the pumper in service with minimal repairs until its replacement arrives.

Buying the fire truck had been a contentious issue in the borough.

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