Rillton (PA) Pleased with Fire Apparatus Purchase

Rillton Volunteer Fire Department (PA) Chief Paul Rupnik Sr., is impressed that the 1999 Pierce Telesquirt fire truck the department purchased was like brand new–so much so, even the ladder rungs showed no wear.

The truck is the first of its kind to be owned by a Sewickley Township department and may make work safer for firefighters.

The medic rescue engine has the capabilities to reach up to five stories with its ladder, and includes pumper and other aerial equipment.

The fire department had planned to buy this kind of truck since the fire department was rebuilt 15 years ago, Rupnik said.

It was purchased from the Santee Fire Department north of San Diego, a paid fire department that regularly replaces trucks no matter the condition.

The trucks sell for about $300,000 to $400,000 new and the company was asking for $80,000, he said. They were willing to negotiate for a price of $65,000.

The department used allotted 2012 emergency services tax money to make a down payment, then took out a second mortgage on the fire hall and garage to pay the remainder.

In addition, Rillton will make a request for a contribution from the 2014 emergency services tax money and possible seek some state grants, Rupnik said.

The 32-foot long truck can pump water at 1,500 gallons per minute and also has a 30-gallon cell for foam.

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