Reading PA Rebids Fire Apparatus

Reading Regional Airport (PA) had to rebid the purchase of a specialty fire truck after federal officials changed the rules, but it may save the airport more than $100,000.

Airport Manager Terry P. Sroka told airport authority members that the new but separate bids for the truck and the equipment the airport needs on that truck total about $347,000.

That compares with $450,000 for a similar truck with similar equipment, bid as one contract in September.

The airport has two aviation rescue and firefighting trucks that together can carry 1,300 gallons of water.

But, one is from 1984 and the other from 1998, obsolete by Federal Aviation Administration standards that also require trucks serving Southwest Airlines Boeing 737s, which fly the Boscov’s Travel charters out of Reading, to carry at least 1,500 gallons.

The new truck, from Rosenbauer America in Wyoming (MN) would carry another 500 gallons and the airport will keep the other two trucks.

The new truck still has to be manufactured and will take about a year to deliver.

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