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Chambersburg OKs purchase of two fire engines

September 10, 2003|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council Wednesday approved the purchase of two new fire engines for delivery in 2004 and 2005 for $709,275.

The Pierce fire engines are being purchased from Potomac Fire Equipment of Hebron, Md., according to Borough Manager Eric Oyer.

The administration had recommended buying the two engines for $689,000, but the council decided to add the option of independent suspension. Potomac Fire representative Ted Grimes told the council independent suspension system would greatly reduce brake wear and give a better ride and handling to the vehicles.

Grimes said a complete brake job on a fire truck can cost $5,000 or more.

The suspension can extend the life of brakes several times over vehicles without the system, he said.

By getting the independent suspension systems, Potomac Fire will also throw in rollover protection packages at no extra cost. The $5,400 option provides airbags to protect the crew if the trucks overturn.

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The new engines will replace two older engines purchased in the 1970s.

Emergency Services Chief William Dubbs said last month those engines are too expensive to repair due to the lack of parts and are virtually worthless for resale.

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