SOUTH PLAINFELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Borough Council approved an $1,450,000 ordinance that paves the way for the purchase of a new Fire Ladder Truck. The Council voted unanimously for the ordinance which authorizes the issuance of $1,377,500 in new debt.
“The current Ladder Truck is a 1993 Ladder Truck,” said South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Chief Thomas Scalera. Over the last couple of years we have put a lot of maintenance and a lot of money on this truck to just keep it on the road. It works nonstop.”
A number of Councilman felt the purchase of a new ladder truck was well over due. “We have been talking about this for the last four or five years in our budget meetings, and back then Chief Scalera was saying how badly this equipment was needed,” said South Plainfield Councilman Alex Barletta. “I’m glad we are finally doing this tonight Mayor, we want these men and women that put their lives on the line for the residents and businesses of South Plainfield to be able to go safely from a fire to their families, and that’s the bottom-line.”
According to Chief Scalera South Plainfield’s ladder truck is one of the oldest in Middlesex County, and the purchase will not happened quickly. Even if the Borough goes out to bid in February it will be nearly a year before the Borough receives a new fire truck. “The last few years we’ve had to put a new pump on the rig, it seems every time we try to replace something on the rig something new breaks, if we get this out to bid now we hope to have a new truck sometime in 2017, and by then the current rig will be 25 years old,” said Chief Scalera.
When the new ladder truck arrives sometime in 2017 the old truck is expected to have some resale value in the auction market.