Dept. to get new firetruck

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Nicholas Buo­nanno nbuo­nanno@troyrecord.com @Nick­Buo­nanno on Twit­ter

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.

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