$1.3 Million Fire Equipment Purchase Approved
STAFFORD, Va. – Stafford’s fire and rescue department has received the green light to purchase a new $1.3 million piece of equipment.
The organization will replace an 18-year-old heavy rescue stationed at Falmouth Volunteer Fire Department, a truck that has lasted eight years longer than originally anticipated, with a new heavy rescue truck.
Stafford County Acting Fire Chief Mark Lockhart told officials it will take nine months for the unit to be constructed. Atlantic Emergency Services of Manassas has been chosen to build the new apparatus.
In addition to the heavy rescue, the department also has budgeted for the purchase of new ambulances. Lockhart said $300,000 to fund a portion of the heavy rescue purchase could be taken from $800,000 already budgeted for the purchase of new ambulances.
Officials Tuesday night unanimously approved the acquisition of the truck and committed to funding it, but just how it will be funded – through a cash purchase or financing – will be determined early next year during the 2014 budgeting process.
Stafford’s fire and rescue department was founded in 2005 and is a combination of 350 career fire and rescue personnel who support 14 volunteer fire and rescue companies throughout Stafford County.