Delaware to sell fire truck to township that lost one in blaze
Delaware city will sell an old fire truck to a rural township that recently lost one of its trucks in the line of duty.
Washington Township near Logan will get the 24-year-old vehicle for $12,000.
“They’re in desperate need of an engine,” Delaware Fire Chief John Donahue told city council on March 11, when council unanimously approved the sale. Donahue said one of the township’s two fire trucks caught fire while battling a blaze several weeks ago.
“They’re very interested in this. They want to know how quickly they can come and pick this vehicle up,” he said.
With council suspending its three-reading rule, Washington Township officials can pick the vehicle up Friday, March 16.
According to the legislation, the 1989 E-One pumper truck has outgrown its useful service life. Donahue said when new, the truck cost the city $187,000, funded by a fire levy approved in 1987.
With the passage of another levy in 2010, the department recently purchased a 2013 Pierce fire truck that is much more sophisticated than the older model, Donahue said.
The old truck was about to be placed on GovDeals.com, a website which sells old government equipment. Donahue said he and the city public works department estimated the truck’s value at $12,000. At the same time, Washington Township told the city it wanted to buy the truck.
“We do believe this is fair market value for the cost,” Donahue told council.
After the half-hour council meeting, Donahue said he was pleased the city could help another fire department that has a smaller budget. “It’s refreshing to see our ability to be able to do that,” he said.
Washington Township Fire Chief William Harwood did not return messages seeking comment.
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