Williamsburg Fire Department to Buy New Truck

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Fire Station 001The City of Williamsburg will have new equipment to fight fires in the Historic Triangle.

The Williamsburg City Council approved the purchase of a new rescue pumper – a fire truck – at its meeting Thursday.

The new truck, a 2016 Pierce Velocity Rescue Pumper, will serve as the new Squad 10, replacing the current truck, which has been in service for 21 years.

Fire Chief Pat Dent said the current Squad 10 truck is cramped for personnel and does not have enough space to adequately contain the amount of equipment required for modern firefighting techniques. The current truck, a 1994 Sutphen Rescue Pumper, has been in service since 1994.

Dent also said industry standards recommended transferring a unit from active service to reserve status after 15 years of use, and removing it from the fleet entirely after 20 years.

The total cost to purchase the truck and new equipment amounts to $745,080. That figure represents a $27,076 discount for prepaying 90 percent of the cost of the truck and more than $20,000 in savings through the use of grant funds to cover equipment costs.

The city budgeted $750,000 for the purchase in its Vehicle Replacement Plan for fiscal year 2016, which began July 1.

“This is a lot of money, but when you think about the people who use this equipment, I don’t think anyone’s going to argue we can’t provide the best equipment we can afford,” Vice Mayor Paul Freiling said.

Dent said the current Squad 10 truck would be sold at fair market value or used as a trade-in on the purchase of the new rescue pumper.