Paterson (NJ) Fire Chief Answers Council Questions on Fire Apparatus Purchase

Municipal officials are now ready to go ahead and vote on a plan to spend $2.9 million to buy five new fire trucks.

The City Council initially balked at the purchases and asked that Fire Chief Michael Postorino provide an explanation on why the city needs the new trucks.

In a meeting last week, Postorino told the council that the new vehicles would replace fire engines that are too old to keep in service. One was bought in 1989, two in 1999 and two in 2002, the chief said.

The city has spent more than $300,000 repairing those five truck during the past two years, the chief said.

The five new trucks, which are being purchased from Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wi., cost a total of $2.4 million. But the city is acquiring them through a 10-year lease-purchase agreement that comes with $403,000 in interest costs, according to municipal documents. At the end of the 10 years, the city will pay $1 each for the final acquisition.

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