The Western Reserve Joint Fire District is in the process of ordering a new pumper that will enhance the district's services while continuing the effort to replace aging apparatus. The new vehicle was approved at last week's fire board meeting and is expected to be delivered in about nine months.
"We try to stay on a regular replacement schedule, but we had some building repairs that needed done," said WRJFD Chief Chip Comstock.
Over the past 15 years, the district has purchased three trucks under its replacement schedule. In 1997, a new tanker and a new pumper were purchased for Stations 92 and 93 respectively. In 2002, an engine was purchased for the main station.
Comstock said the new engine is a Pierce Saber pumper. It has a shorter wheel base that will allow it to fit better at the North Hill Station on Hubbard Road. It will join a 1997 tanker truck to service that area.
"It will replace a 1984 Ford that will become the district's back up truck," Comstock said.
It will replace a 1975 engine that was serving as the back up. He said the 1975 will be moth-balled for the time being as it has a very small resale value, but is good for hauling water to remote locations and on mutual aid calls to neighboring communities.
"It just makes sense to keep it for now," the chief said.
The cost of the new engine is $414,000 through state purchasing. The district will be taking out a five-year bank loan for the purchase. To save a good chunk, the district is paying some up-front costs immediately that will bring the price down to $399,000. Comstock said the new truck was the cheapest of three models that were considered.
The finalized order will be made this month so work can start on the new vehicle.