Replacement pumper truck cost $100,000 less than Phoenixville council expected

PHOENIXVILLE — The Phoenixville Fire Department bought a replacement pumper truck for much less than the borough council budgeted.

For $75,000, the department is getting a 1996 Spartan Quality Pumping Engine from the Needmore Volunteer Fire Company. That’s $100,000 under the budget council set.

“It gives us a third engine,” said Phoenixville Fire Chief John Buckwalter. “We have the equipment to outfit it.”

Buckwalter said the truck is a rescue unit and will go into their normal rotation of apparatus.

Although the truck is nearly 20 years old, the fire department is confident that it’s what they’re looking for, especially given the care that the previous owners gave it.

“It has very low milage. It’s just a township fire company so it’s just driving in the township,” Buckwalter said. “It’s been well-maintained.”

The pumper truck will help bridge the gap for the fire company until their vehicle replacement program takes effect in several years, according to Buckwalter.

This will be the only Spartan fire truck in the Phoenixville fleet.

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