The township supervisors approved a lease-purchase for the slightly used pumper for $504,200, saving taxpayers about $60,000 to $80,000, compared to the price of a new vehicle.
But, township Director of Emergency Services Lee Greenberg said he negotiated an even bigger discount, getting the price down to $500,000.
The board actually capped the amount of money the township will spend at $570,000 so that upgrades — including “a complete set of high-powered rescue tools” — can be added, said Supervisor Vice Chairman John Paul. The pumper has a 500-gallon water capacity.
Paul said that when the exact tally for the truck is completed, each of the township supervisors will sign off on it. Funds from the township account for fire department capital equipment purchases as well as a low-interest loan will be used to finance the transaction.
A lifetime member of the Warrington Fire Co., Paul said the Pierce vehicle is at a Wisconsin plant being prepped and detailed. It will be driven to Warrington in April. The truck will replace a 1996 pumper that has needed repairs lately. The fire department has three engine vehicles that pump water, as well as a ladder truck and a rescue vehicle. The new truck will be housed at the West End station on Pickertown Road while the old pumper it replaces will be sold.
Paul said the fire department has four full-time and 10 part-time firefighters on its payroll, as well as about 40 volunteers. During the night, there are enough volunteers, but during daytime hours when most volunteers are at work is when the paid firefighters are needed.
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