The Gloversville City Council (NY) has approved seeking bids for the purchase of a new fire truck with a ladder that extends at least 95 feet.
Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam expects the midmount quint aerial platform fire truck could cost as much as $1 million, but won’t have a definite price until the bids come back.
Mayor Dayton King said the city would be able to afford the purchase. He said the city could use some of the $3.5 million in the general fund for a down payment and borrow for the rest of the cost. The city could pay off the bond in five years, he said.
The federal government denied the Fire Department grant money for a ladder truck for five years in a row.
Whitman-Putnam said most fire departments buy trucks new and have them designed to meet their particular needs. While some used trucks are available, they may not fit the city’s needs such as ladder height and tank capacity, she said.
The chief said her department and other city officials have been doing research on a new fire truck for a year.
The city needs a truck with an aerial platform with pumping capabilities that includes at least a 95-foot aerial ladder, a 2,000-gallon-per-minute pump, and a tank capacity of 500 gallons.
The quint aerial platform combines functions of a typical engine pump and an aerial ladder, the chief said, so the department would have a single truck that could function in several ways.
The department fights fires in all buildings regardless of height, but the aerial device is needed for reaching heights greater than two stories for rescue, fire suppression and other operations, Whitman-Putnam said.
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