Clinton (NJ) could borrow $650,000 to replace a 1991 fire truck, under an ordinance introduced unanimously by the mayor and Town Council.
Clinton Fire Department Chief Walter Dorf said the pumper is becoming expensive to maintain and has become “less reliable.”
For instance, he said the fire truck was “out of service with electrical issues” when a house caught fire, leaving three people homeless.
“The department relied on the mutual aid agreements that are in place to assist with these type of situations,” said Dorf.
Over the past year alone, Dorf said, the department spent more than $20,000 on “unexpected repairs” for the 1991 American LaFrance 2,000 gallons-per-minute pumper, which holds 800 gallons of water.
Other equipment in the fire department fleet are: a 2001 American LaFrance Pumper, a 2007 American LaFrance 100-foot-tower ladder truck, a 1985 special service unit that was purchased from High Bridge Fire Department, a chief vehicle, deputy chief vehicle and a 1926 American LaFrance — in the firehouse “museum.”
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