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City Fire Department scheduled to get new fire truck

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The Ogdensburg Fire Department is retiring a 36-year old tanker truck and replacing it with a brand new, $322,000 unit built to withstand north country winters.

The department’s Engine Three, E-One class A tanker was built in 1977, Fire Chief Michael J. Farrell said.

“It’s done its job,” he said.

“For the last three or four years we knew Engine Three was going,” as repairs started to be needed more often, Mr. Farrell said.

City Council earlier this year agreed to borrow for the purchase of a fire truck and a zamboni for the Richard G. Lockwood Municipal Arena. The council approved the fire truck’s purchase last week.

The department’ current tanker truck was last refurbished in the mid-1990s, Mr. Farrell said, and carried a 500-gallon reservoir tank.

Replacing the E-One is a Toyne class A with a 750-gallon reservoir tank and is capable of pumping 1,500 gallons per minute from a hydrant.

A stainless-steel body will top a chassis designed to resist the corrosive effects of north county winters, Mr. Farrell said. The truck will be used for medical assistance and fire suppression.

“There’s no doubt we need this truck,” City Councilor Jennifer Stevenson said at last week’s council meeting.

The new truck is expected to be delivered within six months. If it takes longer, every day it’s late will lower the final bill, Mr. Farrell said.

“If this [new truck] can go 37 years, that would be great,” Mr. Farrell said.

Toyne, based in Iowa, gave the department $5,000 for the 1977 E-One. Mr. Farrell said he expects them to scrap it.

The department was able to salvage much of the equipment from the older vehicle before trading it in, Mr. Farrell said, including a generator that will be installed on the new one.

The truck was purchased through Shakerley Fire Truck Sales, Clifton Park.

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