Federal Program Gives Advance Fire Department Unexpected Bonus Equipment

When he opened the cargo bay doors on the 2004 Pierce Contender fire truck Advance Fire Department had been awarded by the federal government, AFD Chief Jim Caldwell expected to see nothing more than sheet metal.

He did not expect $30,000 to $40,000 worth of fire fighting equipment.

The truck alone was a phenomenal bargain, he said. A similar unit would cost between $350,000 and $400,000, unequipped, said Pat McGinley, of Lebanon-based McGinley Fire Apparatus.

The 2004 Pierce, which will go into service in about four weeks as a dedicated rescue engine, cost $45,000 — to cover shipping from the U.S. Air Force base in Afghanistan where it had been declared surplus.

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