Village of Saugerties (NY) Considers Fire Apparatus Replacement

Village officials are still considering ways to replace the fire department’s 27-year-old pumper truck and doing it in a way that has minimal to no impact on taxpayers, the mayor said.

During a meeting Monday, members of the Village Board took time to examine and discuss a demo fire truck built by Sutphen Fire Apparatus of Kingston. John Kelleher, a sales representative for the company, answered questions about the demo truck versus having a vehicle built to the village fire department’s specifications. He said the demo truck he brought to show the village would cost $528,000. The price was up a bit higher than other trucks because it included a system that uses foam to extinguish fires, Kelleher said.

Other demo trucks have sold for $410,000 to $415,000, Kelleher said. He added, though, that one recently was sold for $600,000. Kelleher said the trucks do come with warranties, but not with radio and communication systems.

Village Fire Chief David Mason said the department would just transfer its radio and communications from its old truck to a new one. He said there would be some cost to do that.

Kelleher said the cost of a new fire truck varies when it is built to a fire department’s specifications. He said Saugerties’ truck could cost $415,000 to $450,000.

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