Dolgeville (NY) Considers Purchase of Used Fire Apparatus

With Truck 500 out of service and the fire department given permission to sell it for scrap, the village of Dolgeville is considering the purchase of a 2000 Chevrolet to replace the Dolgeville Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue truck.

The completely refurbished truck, available from Lawrenceburg, Tennessee-based M3 Fire Apparatus, has a price tag of $69,000 and is being sold “as is, where is.”

“The question is if it has a warranty or not,” Mayor Bruce Lyon said during Monday evenings’ board of trustees meeting. “If there’s no warranty, then that’s not good.”

Fire Chief Randy Tennant said M3 Fire Apparatus sent a video of the truck with the engine running and offered to fly one department member to Tennessee and put them up for the night in a hotel so they could fully examine the truck in person.

“It looks like a decent truck. The thinking is a truck this old will only be good for another five years, but it’s completely refurbished and we were able to get 30 years out of the last rescue truck,” said Tennant. “It’s all how you take care of it.”

The four-door truck has a six-man cab and a three-man rescue box, and has 68,982 miles on its odometer. It has new air conditioning in the rear and all LED emergency lighting.

The department previously requested the village purchase a new combination rescue and pumper truck at a cost of $422,000, which would have cost the village $56,000 in lease payments for 10 years, however, the board asked the firefighters to seek out a used truck.

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