The latest fire truck purchased by Kittanning Hose Company #1 will not be be insured through Kittanning Borough.
Fire department officials requested the action for the 1990 Mack 75-foot platform aerial, but were swiftly denied in public session.
Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Kline explained emergency agencies in the area save money by titling vehicles with their respective municipalities.
“The reason we brought it up to (Fire Committee Chair Andy Peters) about the insurance policy on the new truck (is) because we wanted to keep some continuity across all the vehicles. As you know with (Hose Company) #4 and #1, we are the owners of our trucks, and they are with their trucks, but you can put them in the borough’s name to get a better rate than we can,” Kline said.
The truck — classified by fire department spokesman Jerry Shuster as a ‘transition-kind of truck’ since officials applied for a $551,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for a brand, new truck — was not discussed with council members before its purchase, said Council President Chris Schiano.
“You weren’t concerned about saving a couple bucks when you went out and spent ‘x’ amount of dollars for an antiquated, obsolete truck. You never once ran it by this Borough Council,” Schiano said. “It’s a piece of junk.”
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