Greenville NY Residents Question Plans for Fire Apparatus

Some Greenville (NY) residents are questioning the Greenville Fire Department’s proposal to replace its ladder truck at a cost of about $940,000.

The new ladder truck will be going out to re-bid in the next few weeks after there were problems with the first bid last month, said Ed Ardler, a member of the Greenville Fire Department’s Board of Commissioners.

Ardler said Greenville isn’t required to have the truck because it doesn’t have buildings taller than 28 feet, the third-floors in town homes aren’t allowed to be occupied and many driveways in the town can’t accommodate a ladder truck.

Through the mutual aid system, the nearby municipalities of Port Jervis, Wawayanda and Otisville can supply a ladder truck if there ever is a need for one, said Ardler.

“If we need a ladder truck, that’s fine; but we should have a vote,” said Ardler.

Greenville town Councilman Geoff Stafford said a majority of the fire commissioners — three — makes the decision to go for a full town vote or just a permissive referendum. A permissive referendum means a percentage of the town’s property owners would need to gather signatures and submit them to the department to trigger a vote.

Stafford said the new ladder truck won’t be able to store water, like a tanker; or siphon and spray water, like a pumper; which is what the town really needs, says Ardler. The district wants to use funds from a $1.27 million account meant for the purchase of new trucks to pay for the new truck, Ardler said.

“It’s one of those things you hate to fight because we have a great fire company,” said Ardler.

The purchase isn’t the first time ladder trucks have caused an uproar in the town.

In 2004, the district bought a 30-year-old ladder truck for about $20,000, using a portion of state money from state Sen. John Bonacic.

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