The South Salem Fire District has issued notices that it intends to purchase a 42-foot fire engine that has been debated and questioned over the last few months by residents, firefighters and members of the district’s board of commissioners.
The district is seeking to purchase a $750,000, 100 foot rear mount quint ladder truck, a 42 foot long truck that features a 100 foot extendable and powered aerial ladder, which would provide the South Salem Fire Department with new abilities as well as adding additional ground ladders and water capacity to conduct fire rescue and fire attack operations.
The district issued a notice in October indicating that it would pay for the truck with $600,000 from its capital reserve fund — a reserve that currently totals $808,059. Additional funds for the truck are being sought through a municipal lease financing agreement for a total of $250,000.
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