Madison (NC) Fire Department has recently taken delivery of a 1997 Sutphen 95-foot platform aerial to replace a 1984 model that was in disrepair, according to a report published by Greensboro.com.
According to the report, the second-hand aerial, with about 20,000 miles on it, was well maintained by the previous owners with the Readington Fire Department in Whitehouse Station, NJ.
The Madison Fire Department bought the red rig for $65,000, which the fire department considers a steal considering a new equivalent would cost about $1.2 million, according to the report.
Madison fire officials told the web site the cost of maintaining the 1984 model was costing as much as it cost when the department bought it in 2007. The decision to replace it was made after metal was found in the engine oil, signifying serious problems, the web site reported.