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Ridgewood Council Green Lights Fire Truck Purchases

Paid fire department given go-ahead to purchase a ladder truck and an engine

The 's fleet will be getting something of a makeover after Wednesday night's council blessing.

According to Fire Chief Jim Van Goor, bids on a came in about $300,000 under what had been budgeted. With a few brief additions, the expected price should come to around $985,000.

Using a combination of money previously saved by the department and bonds, the village had $1.3 million allocated to a new truck, according to Village Manager Ken Gabbert.

The fire department plans on selling off a pumper – which retains higher value than the existing ladder truck – to bring in additional savings.

The council also encouraged the department to send out bid specifications for a new engine truck after it was. The total cost of the engine is estimated to be around $385,000 to $395,000.

It must make the purchase within a year of grant approval, Van Goor said. The council still has the option to not pull the trigger if they find bids too high.

Boyd A. Loving March 08, 2012 at 12:31 PM
A big thank you should be extended to Fire Chief James Van Goor and his staff for using their tough negotiating skills; a purchase price $300K under what comparable ladder trucks typically sell for is something to smile about. With regard to the planned pumper truck purchase - could we possibly live with a $315K vehicle instead of a $390K vehicle?
RdgwdGRock March 08, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Chief Van Goor was doing his job; "thanks" are not needed. His and other dept heads are supposed to save $$$ or make $1 work as $10. What's next? Oh, he will want a big raise.

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