The Hudson Fall (NY) Village Board voted unanimously to purchase a 2013 Pierce fire rescue truck.
Fire Chief Mike Fitzgerald said that purchase will mark the department’s first new truck in 24 years. The previous truck has not been designed specifically for the Hudson Fire Department.
The $447,400 truck will be financed through Oshkosh Capital over a 15-year period. The truck will carry 1,000 gallons of water and will have extensive storage space for firefighting equipment. It will become the department’s primary truck and will go on all calls.
The new truck replaces two other, much older trucks, which were taken in trade by Tyler Fire Equipment.
After the vote and meeting, fire department and village officials discussed the next necessary purchase — replacement of the 1982 Mack 75-foot tower truck.
In January, the Village Board approved spending about $700,000 to buy the rescue pumper and a new tower. The department had originally hoped to buy two new trucks, including a 100-foot tower, but with only about $250,000 remaining, it is likely the village will buy a used, 75-foot tower.
As part of the trade agreement, Tyler will take the department’s 1980 Mack pumper, which is currently not in service, and the 1991 Mack rescue truck. That will leave the department with the new truck, the tower and a 1990 Pierce-Arrow pumper. It will also open up space in the fire station.
The two trucks being added this year, along with the sale of the two older trucks, will reduce the average age of the department’s trucks from 28 years to about 15.
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