SPRINGFIELD, NJ - As part of Tuesday's Springfield Township Committee meeting, the committee approved the purchase of a Pierce 1500 GPM Pumper Truck for the town's fire department.

The purchase took its first step back in November with initial approval from the township committee. Following discussion in town about the proposed purchase, Springfield Fire Chief Carlo Palumbo came before the township committee to explain why such a move was necessary.

The new engine will cost no more than $751,343.54, as mandated by the co-operative purchasing agreement.

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In an email response to TAPinto Springfield, Palumbo reiterated how happy he was that the final purchase had been approved.

"It allows us to move forward to begin the contract process," Palumbo said. He also noted that the purchasing co-op that helped with the sale was valuable in multiple ways. Palumbo said, "It was a huge savings to the Township and streamlines the purchasing process." 

As for the engine, Palumbo said in the act of normal wear and tear on a fire engine, it was time for a replacement, rather than a series of costly patches on the curent engine.

"We are replacing an apparatus which is currently over 20 years old," Palumbo said "Parts have become obsolete. The new apparatus is up-to-date with today's standards and will allow for a more efficient and safer operation."

When asked about the timeframe for delivery, Palumbo said the hope is that the new engine will arrive some time in December 2020, or early January 2021.

"Once again, I would like to thank the Township Committee for their continued support and proactive approach in assisting Springfield Fire Department with maintaining up-to-date equipment and allowing us to provide a better service to the Community," Palumbo added.