Waynesboro Fire Department to buy 2011 fire engine

Purchase could improve borough's ISO rating, cutting insurance costs slightly

July 18, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Fire Department will be purchasing a 2011 fire engine for $475,000, while simultaneously selling two older vehicles.

Fire Chief Dave Martin updated the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday about the transition.

“It’s really a nice piece of apparatus. We’re proud to be buying it,” Martin said.

Typically, the volunteers use their funds to buy a firetruck, and the borough handles insurance and maintenance, Martin said. The borough council usually allows the fire department to keep the full revenue from selling vehicles, he said.

The council members said they support the purchase and sale of old equipment under their regular process.

Martin said the fire department will be buying a rescue engine with delivery expected in about 90 days. It will be selling a 1991 Peterbilt pumper and a 2001 Ford mini-pumper.

“We have interest in both those pieces to sell,” the fire chief said.

The new firetruck carries 750 gallons of water and five personnel, and it has a top-class foam system, Martin said.


It could improve the borough’s ISO rating, which affects residents’ fire insurance, he said.

“If we can lower that (ISO) to a 4, everybody’s fire insurance goes down a little bit,” Martin said.

— Jennifer Fitch

The Herald-Mail Articles