According to a report from The Independent, Massillon (OH) Fire Department (MFD) Chief Tom Burgasser said he wants to land a new quint ladder truck for the MFD’s fleet prior to his upcoming retirement.
The cost of the truck is expected to be about $860,000, with around $740,000 of that coming from the city’s carryover funds.
Councilman Ed Lewis IV said the city’s stable financial situation should lessen concerns about the price of the vehicle, with the city’s carryover being about $3.4 million.
If acquired, the new engine will include a 30-gallon foam-extinguishing system and 75-foot aerial ladder.
Burgasser said the city would have had to spend $300,000 to $ 400,000 in repairs to save its old truck, which was lost in 2018.
The MFD currently runs four engines in its fleet.
Burgasser said a new truck will take between 10 and 12 months to build and customize. It could be delivered to the city as soon as early 2022.
City Council is scheduled to consider legislation Monday regarding the purchase.