The Gustine Volunteer Fire Department has taken ownership of a new fire truck, reports The West Side Connect.
Congressman Jim Costa offered remarks at the event before Mayor Pat Nagy presented the check, in the amount of approximately $645,000, to Ken Howenstine, a representative of Burton’s Fire, Inc., of Modesto.
A public dedication of the new truck will be held next week. The truck will be dedicated in memory of Cal Fire Captain Paul Rotondaro, who was instrumental in helping the city secure grant funds to purchase the truck.
With the exception of about $30,000 in local funds, the purchase of a new fire truck was funded by a federal grant received through FEMA, City Manager Doug Dunford said. Fire Chief Pat Borrelli said last week that striping and numbering must be completed and equipment installed before the truck is put into service.