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Fire companies pitch in to help pay for trucks

April 30, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

HAGERSTOWN, MD. - Representatives of South Hagerstown Fire Co., Antietam Fire Co. and Independent Junior Fire Co. each gave the mayor of Hagerstown a $100,000 check Tuesday to help pay for the purchase of three new pumper trucks.

The checks were handed over at the start of the Hagerstown City Council work session so the city could publicly recognize and acknowledge donations from the companies, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said.

Last week, the council approved buying the trucks for the companies at a cost of $811,086.

In May 2002, the council unanimously approved buying the vehicles, with half of the $600,000 total cost coming from money raised by the three companies.

When the city received bids for the equipment earlier this year, the prices were higher than anticipated. To help defray the costs, the three companies agreed to pay an additional $10,000 over three years.

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