Union Township Fire Chief Stan Deimling arranged for the township to buy a Pierce Manufacturing fire engine body on an International Trucks chassis for a total of about $325,000.
“We are estimating that we are saving about $100,000 to $125,000 by buying this new fire engine on a commercial chassis as opposed to ordering it with a custom cab and chassis,” Deimling said.
Union Township Administrator Ken Geis said Deimling’s move is a break from tradition that should also save maintenance costs.
It will take about eight months for Union Township to get the new fire engine, which will replace one struck by a dump truck last December on Clough Pike.
The wreck sent the fire engine over an embankment and two firefighters and the dump truck driver to the hospital for treatment.
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