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Middletown to buy new fire department pumper

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 12/4/19

A brand new Seagrave pumper truck could be sitting inside Middletown Volunteer Fire Department fire house on Adelia Street by October, after borough council voted Nov. 25 to move forward with …

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Middletown to buy new fire department pumper

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A brand new Seagrave pumper truck could be sitting inside Middletown Volunteer Fire Department fire house on Adelia Street by October, after borough council voted Nov. 25 to move forward with purchase of the apparatus.

Council by 6-0 vote authorized borough Manager Ken Klinepeter to enter into a 10-year lease purchase agreement with a leasing company to finance purchase of the pumper, which will be borough-owned.

The 2020 Seagrave Marauder II Custom Engine has a total price tag of $689,868.

Council in a separate 5-0 vote Nov. 19 authorized the borough to make a $294,000 downpayment toward the pumper from the borough’s fire sinking fund. The same vote authorized the borough to enter into a contract with Seagrave for purchase of the pumper.

Nearly half — $125,000 — of the $294,000 downpayment comes from a gaming grant for the pumper awarded to the fire company in February by Dauphin County commissioners using gaming revenue proceeds from Hollywood Casino at Penn National.

The remaining $395,868 is to be financed in annual payments of $47,488.91 over the course of the 10-year lease purchase agreement, with the first payment due March 15, 2021.

Entering into the agreement now enables the borough to lock in an interest rate of 3.29 percent for the financing, Klinepeter told council Nov. 19.

The fire department in a Nov. 22 post on its Facebook page said company members will travel to Wisconsin in December for a pre-construction meeting with Seagrave, in anticipation of the new pumper being delivered to Middletown in October 2020. Seagrave is based in Clintonville, Wisconsin.

The new Seagrave pumper will replace Middletown’s existing pumper that dates to 2000 and has a life expectancy of 20 years.

The pumper is what “puts the wet stuff on the red stuff,” as borough Fire Chief Kenton Whitebread Jr. told the Press & Journal in May 2018.

The new pumper is one of three large pieces of firefighting apparatus that fire company officials have told council must be replaced between now and 2028.

Including the pumper, the three rigs have a combined estimated replacement cost of $4.3 million, fire officials told council in late 2017.