A new truck for Belfield firefightersThe Belfield Volunteer Fire Department will add a new firetruck to its repitior after signing final papers Thursday.
The Belfield Volunteer Fire Department will add a new firetruck to its repertoire after signing final papers Thursday.
The last time the department got a truck was 1982 and the new contract indicates the truck will be received within 200 days, said BVFD Chief Kevin Hushka.
“It’s probably going to make us a whole lot busier,” Hushka said. “Between this truck and the ‘82 truck we should definitely be better equipped to handle any situation that comes up.”
The brand new four-door truck will hold five passengers and feature much more storage space so less units will be out but more equipment will be on scenes, Hushka said.
The 24-member BVFD has two firetrucks, its 1969 unit passes all required tests but it is getting more and more expensive to get it to pass the tests, Hushka said.
“There’s always something — a valve leaking or something that needs to be fixed,” Hushka said. “It’s starting to nickel and dime us to death.”
The truck will not incorporate a fire fighting foam, but rather, is a remote foam unit is incorporated, Hushka said.
“It will be equipped with everything else I guess imaginable,” Hushka said.
With a price tag of about $203,000, grants and Belfield Fire Department pledges were used to purchase the truck.
A Community Development Block Grant, as conducted through the Roosevelt Custer Regional Council for about $138,000 was obtained along with a Belfield Fire Department pledge of about $42,000 and Energy Development Impact Office grants for about $28,000, according to city documents.
While no city money was used as it is presently paying for the local fire hall, it assisted in completing the paperwork, said City Auditor said City Cindy Ewoniuk.
The truck meets all up-to-date standards and the 1969 model will be sold, Hushka said.