Stroudsburg (PA) Builds Garage for Fire Apparatus

The Stroudsburg Volunteer Fire Company’s (PA) new $1 million truck is expected to arrive by early July, replacing a 31-year-old truck, but the 80-year-old firehouse won’t be able to accommodate the new truck’s weight.

The borough is constructing a pole building to temporarily house it, according to Borough Manager Cathryn Thomas and Stroudsburg Fire Chief Michael Seip.

Using money from its Fire Apparatus Fund supported by public tax dollars, the borough has paid $1 million to have the 76,000-pound, 100-foot-long tractor-drawn Arrow XT aerial ladder truck built by Pierce Manufacturing and then shipped here from Wisconsin.

“We have six trucks,” Seip said, adding that the borough buys all of the fire company’s vehicles and equipment. “We try to replace a truck every few years. The last replacement we had was in ’06. The truck we’re replacing now has seen a full life. Trucks today are bigger and more expensive, but it’s worth it to have a vehicle that will last another 30 years.”

All six trucks are stored in the old firehouse. The garage sits atop a basement where other items are stored.

“The new truck is bigger and twice the weight of the truck it’s replacing,” Seip said. “Our (garage) floor was beefed up in the early ’90s, but it still won’t be able to support the weight of the new truck.

“This is an issue we’ve been working on with the borough for the past four years, which is the reason for the pole building.”

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