According to a report from The Fremont News Messenger, the Fremont (OH) Fire Department’s (FFD’s) incoming chief said last week that the department plans to buy a new truck in 2022.
FFD Captain Paul Halbeisen will become the department’s chief at the end of February. He said the FFD has scheduled when to replace certain equipment, noting that fire trucks are on a 30-year replacement timetable.
Halbeisen said he’s setting up a committee after he officially becomes chief at the end of February to look at the truck purchase and what will be needed to properly equip the vehicle.
In 2013, the Fremont City Council approved the purchase of a new aerial, a 75-foot quint, as well as a 100-foot aerial platform for $1.64 million. The quint costs an estimated $784,000, while the platform truck was nearly $900,000, with funding coming from the fire equipment fund.
Each year since 2007, Fremont transferred money into a fund used to make capital purchases for the fire department in anticipation of purchasing the two new trucks.
Kenneth Frost, Fremont’s safety service director, said he didn’t have a cost estimate on the truck the fire department is planning to purchase in 2022, but the city has been saving money in a separate account for the planned 2022 purchase.