Lower Saucon is set to borrow more than $250,000 to pay for a new Fire Department tanker truck that will stand as the first step toward a new township policy of taking ownership of fire equipment.
The loan for $256,030 will cover roughly half the cost of the truck, which has a sticker price of $530,060 and when delivered will become part of the fleet at Southeastern Volunteer Fire Company on Wassergass Road.
Money to cover the rest of the cost, $274,030, will come from funds accumulated in the township’s 0.25 mill tax, said Councilman David Willard said.
Council President Ron Horiszny said the current Southeastern tanker is more than a decade old and has reached a point of needing frequent repairs.
Unlike as in the past, when fire equipment was owned by the fire department, Willard said the new truck will be the first piece of fire equipment to come under township ownership.
Firefighters from the three other township volunteer companies will be trained how to use the new truck, which Willard said is part of a cooperative effort to train volunteers to know how use equipment from all companies.
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