Following a recent trip to Pennsylvania by a board member and the township fire chief to inspect rescue fire trucks, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees voted to purchase a 2015 KME Demo Rescue Truck.
On Dec. 22 during a regular Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, Macomb Township Trustee Roger Krzeminski made the motion to purchase the 2015 Demo Rescue Truck, which was seconded by Trustee Nancy Nevers and approved by the board.
On Dec. 1 and 2, Krzeminski made the trip to Nesquehoning (PA) with Macomb Township Fire Chief Robert Phillips to inspect light rescue trucks that are in production at KME Fire Apparatus. On Nov. 12, Phillips said that the Macomb Township Fire Department was interested in replacing a rescue and air truck housed at Fire Station One, a 2003 Ford F550. The cost of the trip was covered by KME, said Phillips.
Krzeminski said that the vehicle Phillips was requesting to purchase was a 2015 Ford F550.
“It has a four-door cab that will seat four firefighters and is a four-wheel drive,” Krzeminski said.
Krzeminski also read from a Dec. 17 letter that Phillips addressed to the board, which indicated that the primary difference between the requested truck and the mini-pumpers that are on the same Ford F550 cab and chassis is that the new truck will not have a pump for firefighting or carry water.
“One of the things is that our rigs within our fire department here we have had for nearly 30 years, so what we are currently doing is that we are changing them from a two-door type of an operation of the Ford, which he has showed you, what we have now, and we are going to a four door so that we can carry four firefighters to a scene,” Krzeminski said. “And it is going to, since we are updating our fire service, this will tremendously help us out. The money is covered in a fire improvement fund which he has already put away, and the cost of the vehicle would be $225,609.”
According to Phillips’ letter, the new vehicle will be housed at Macomb Township Fire Station One and will respond to medical calls, vehicle accidents and fires.
“It will be outfitted to carry the Jaws of Life and the required medical and fire related equipment. In addition, it will carry an air-fill station that will allow us to refill the air bottles the crews wear while engaged in firefighting operations,” Phillips wrote.
Phillips also wrote that the vehicle is a demo model, meaning it is in the production process.
“The cab and chassis has been ordered by KME,” Phillips wrote. “If it is ordered before the end of the year, the body will be built to our specifications and two minor changes will be made to the interior of the cab to make it match the other vehicles that we have. The truck is available for sale to other departments and is subject to prior sale. If purchased as a demo, we will save between 11 percent and 15 percent compared to ordering a new truck that is not in production.”
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