JOHNSTOWN - The city Fire Department may take possession of its new $831,000 fire truck by the middle of next month, the Common Council heard last week.
Late last year, city Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said the new truck that Wilde Fire Equipment Co. of Mayfield was having custom-built for the Fire Department was due to have arrived by the end of January or about now.
That timeframe has been adjusted.
"They're looking at a mid-March delivery," Heberer reported to the council at City Hall.
He said he's seen a photo of the unfinished ladder-mounted truck - the most expensive piece of equipment ever purchased by the city.
After the city takes possession of the truck, he said the firefighters in his department will undergo training on how to use it. He told the council there will be some sort of "wet down" display for the public to see the new fire truck up close.
The council voted March 16 to approve the $831,000 low bid from Wilde Fire Equipment Co.
The bid was one of seven opened Feb. 18 for the 100-foot, midmount aerial-platform ladder truck.
Heberer requested a new truck in September 2008, saying an older one, built in 1983, required constant repair.
Heberer said the city will trade in the old truck.
The city's expense will be offset by a $617,500 federal grant.
The fire truck will have a 515-horsepower engine, a 2,000-gallon-per-minute pump, a 500-gallon water tank, a 15-kilowatt hydraulic generator, six fixed-portable scene lights and the capacity to carry 800 feet of 2-inch hose and 1,000 feet of 4-inch supply hose.
The city Fire Department currently has three trucks.
Heberer said the new 105-foot truck will be slightly higher than the current 95-foot ladder truck.
The chief said the pump capacity in the new truck is higher than the old one.
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