Ogdensburg (NY) Chief Steven M. Badlam said the department needs a new pumper truck.
The department’s 1978 Engine No. 3 has cracks in its chassis, which was retrofitted in 2005 to buy the aging vehicle more time for use. Recurring deterioration and the creeping breakdown of its water-pumping apparatus has, in the chief’s view, rendered the vehicle useless.
The department has three vehicles left in its fleet: a 1993 ladder truck with a 1,250-gallon-capacity water tank and two pumpers, a 2005 model with a 1,500-gallon tank and a 1996 truck with a 1,250-gallon tank.
New apparatus usually are paid for by using money appropriated in the city budget, borrowing money or applying for a grant. Buying new also means advertising for bids from vendors and custom building the vehicle from the bottom up with firefighting specifications at a cost of $350,000 to $400,000.
The chief’s solution is to buy a demonstrator truck, which would qualify it as used and thus avoid the bidding process. If the city agrees to finance the purchase at a cost between $275,000 and $300,000, the truck the chief has in mind could be delivered before the end of the year.
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