Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett officials will save money by using an old ladder on a new fire truck.
Officials approved the purchase of a new aerial ladder fire truck Tuesday, using the ladder from an older model already owned by the fire department.
Using the 95-foot aerial ladder from a 1992 truck remounted on a new chassis will cost $858,691, well below the $1 million cost of a brand new truck.
"We're always looking for ways to trim the budget and still provide excellent service to our residents," Fire Chief Bill Myers said in a press release. "Harvesting equipment from older apparatus is an innovative idea that will allow us to leverage the use of SPLOST funds while still maintaining a high standard of equipment used by firefighters."
The old truck has been a tool for firefighters for 20 years, allowing access to tall buildings and providing elevated streams of water, which helps in controlling major blazes, rescuing victims and protecting nearby structures from exposure.According to the release, the new truck will feature a 1,500 gallon-per-minute pump, a 300-gallon booster tank and storage compartments for firefighting and emergency medical equipment. It is set for delivery in July 2014 from Sutphen Corporation of Ohio.