Oneonta (NY) Officials Consider Fire Apparatus Purchase

Oneonta fire chiefs have identified a ladder truck under construction that may be purchased this year, City Manager Martin Murphy said Monday

The cost of the truck is estimated between $996,400 to $1.2 million, Meg Hungerford, Oneonta director of finance, said during a meeting of the Common Council’s Finance/Administration Committee on Monday. 

The city has set aside $200,000 in each of 2014 and 2015 for the truck, Hungerford said, and she will check on the status of $250,000 in funding reported from the office of Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, and possible funding from state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford.

Ferrara Fire Apparatus is headquartered just outside of Baton Rouge in Holden, La.

Crews from the city will travel at the expense of the manufacturing firm to see the vehicle under construction and discuss specifications for cabinetry and other modifications, officials said.

For months, replacing the city’s aerial ladder truck has been debated, along with reviewing public safety resources and coverage.

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