Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hanover Volunteer Firefighters to Get $449k Rescue Truck

Firefigther Ryan Kery and Chief Craig Wasem with 20 year old rescue truck, still in service
Hanover Township Supervisors, at their April 23 meeting, unanimously awarded the bid for a new rescue truck to Marion Body Works, located in Wisconsin. The Township will spend $449,774.00 for the truck, rejecting a lower, $411,098.38 bid from KME Kovatch.

Though lower, KME's bid contained 38 deviations from bid specs. This included shortcuts like incandescent instead of LED lights and a roof that was 2' higher than requested. Unlike KME, Marion's bid contained no variations from very detailed bid specs. "For the specs on this, we killed off ten trees," reported Township Manager Jay Finnigan.

Rescue trucks, unlike other fire trucks, carry an array of special equipment that includes the Jaws of life, wooden cribbing, generators, winches, hi-lift jacks, cranes, cutting torches and circular saws.

Fire Chief Craig Wasem stated the new truck will replace a 20 year old rescue truck still in service by the Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Company.

19 comments:

Barron Von Footin said...

See? Here is another fine mess that went with the higher bid.

Bernie O'Hare said...

You don't always go with the low bid.

Anonymous said...

Where did the money come from to pay for this?

Anonymous said...

Good question 6:31. Inquiring tax payers would like to know.

Anonymous said...

Duplication of services is a sin. Christmas comes early for these guys but at what price to the wage earners? I love a parade..

Anonymous said...

I want a new Mercedes..oh yeah..but I can't afford one so I drive a used Ford. Give me a break..please!

Anonymous said...

9:01...What duplication of services? There is but one heavy rescue truck in Hanover.

Anonymous said...

Does every twsp.need one? I'm sure there is one close by that is waiting to respond. This..is an ego trip. I'm of the opinion that it is not needed and an extravagance. Regionalization of services would eliminate this waste of tax payer resources. Eye candy for the paramilitary crowd.

Anonymous said...

Every twps vol fire dept. has one Hectown, Bethlehm Twps, Nancy Run,Palmer Twps, Allen twps, east allen twps........all within a five mile radius whats one more???? We don't need to save taxpayer money the money tree is endless raise taxes so what...lets get another fire trucktoo.lets see we already have 23 of them in a five mile radius who the hell does thehinking around here???

Bernie O'Hare said...

... and just how would you feel if your wife was burned to a crisp bc the Tp had to wait for a Jaws of Life from somewhere else? I think you're being unreasonable.

Anonymous said...

That is not a legit argument and playing on peoples fears is a terrible way to do business with the peoples money. Justify the expense!

Bernie O'Hare said...

... until you are watching your wife get burned alive.

Anonymous said...

From palumpas prospectable sale of the airport land to hue hefner realestate developers from NY¿ The king has no limits with his economic destruction of the entire area before his departure to the govenors office¿ NOT

Anonymous said...

That is an emotional response not a justification for the purchase. Was PEMA consulted? How many similar vehicles are already in service? Facts and figures..please

Anonymous said...

How many of these departments "Must" have these trucks but have no one to staff it much of the time.Listen to the scanner. Many of these departments are going mutual aid on the first dispatch, even at night.In many of these townships, boroughs etc the elected officials know the is little coverage but keep quiet and say nothing That is just plain wrong..

Anonymous said...

10:51...These trucks are manned by volunteers. The respective Townships pay for the maintenance and upkeep of these vehicles. They also pay the workman's compensation insurance for the volunteers. How would you feel if your local tax dollars were being used outside of your own municipality because the other municipality was more interested in saving money than doing the right thing?

Anonymous said...

8:25PM...The need for volunteer fire fighters is greater now than it ever was. People are too selfish, or feel that someone else, other than themselves, will do the job. I suggest that rather than complain, you step up and lend a hand.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that the state has/had a program to give low-interest loans to volunteer fire companies for new equipment but won't give the same type loans to a town/city that has a paid FD.The money comes out of the same pot, our tax dollars. Why penalize taxpayers who pay taxes to support a paid FD.And how many sets of "jaws" are in Bethlehem Twsp where there are competing fire companies.

Anonymous said...

The state GIVES..volunteer fire companies monies every year from the state insurance company tax fund. Some outfits spend it..others invest it and bank roll it for future purchases. PEMA also supports those companies that show a true need for equipment, etc. but it is merit based and you got to prove you need it.