Ridgewood will sell an aging, reserve fire truck to Bergen County for use at the police and fire training academy in Mahwah. The governing bodies from each entity passed separate resolutions last Wednesday, agreeing to the sale price of $35,000.
According to acting Village Manager Heather Mailander, the Ridgewood Fire Department was no longer using a 1991 Pierce ladder fire truck. But before the truck could hit the auction block, county officials expressed an interest in obtaining the fire apparatus.
Both Mailander and Ridgewood Fire Chief James Van Goor recommended the sale of the truck to the county. Van Goor searched Govdeals.com, an Internet auction site used by governing entities, and learned Ridgewood’s transaction with Bergen County “is a good deal,” Mailander said.
Last week, a 1992 Pierce fire truck with 73,000 miles on it had a current bid of $6,000. That vehicle required several repairs and maintenance, based on the Govdeals.com listing.
As part of the deal between Ridgewood and Bergen County, the Board of Chosen Freeholders will allow the village to use the firetruck, which comes with a rear-mounted 100-foot tall aerial ladder, in the event the municipality needs it.
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