Dept. to get new firetruck
COHOES, N.Y. » Next year, members of the city’s fire department will have a new aerial ladder firetruck to use.
Members of the Common Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to lease the firetruck.
City officials said they will sign the lease this week for the $1.1 million aerial ladder truck, and the truck will be ready one year from now.
“It’s a new truck, so it’s about a year build, so if we sign [ Wednesday] we should look at September of 2019,” explained Fire Chief Joseph Fahd after the council meeting Tuesday.
Mayor Shawn Morse said the lease agreement will be $105,000 annually for seven years and that the city will then have the option to purchase it for $355,000.
“We made it very clear that we were no longer going to bond for trucks because bonding for trucks is just a good way to put a city in debt,” said Morse, who is a retired city firefighter. “One of the problems that you have [with] the bonding of the trucks is that after about four, five years you’re throwing $30,000 into a truck and you still have [numerous] years of payments.”
Fahd said the department recently took a truck out of service that was roughly 30-years- old and that the current one that’s in use is roughly 14-years- old.
“Once you get to that seven, eight year mark,
it cost a lot of money for maintenance,” said Fahd. “The lease we can keep turning them over at the end of seven years, get ahead of the curve on re-
pairs and it gives the department some good updated equipment.”
City officials said that they looked into other trucks, but the price for the approved lease was the best deal they could find.
“We wanted to make sure that when we bought the truck, we could get the best use of the truck, at the best cost and when it was time to start breaking down, we were getting rid of it, so it’s the first time the city- at least in the 27 years I’ve been here- that the city has come up with a plan to rotate its trucks and make sure that we have trucks that work,” said Morse.
Fahd said he believes the new truck will be able to maneuver through any street in the city, no matter the size of the road.
“We actually had a truck similar to this about 15 years ago and it had no problems getting down the streets,” said Fahd.