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Federal grant to assist Bolingbrook fire trucks purchase

BOLINGBROOK – Thanks to a $680,000 federal grant, Bolingbrook soon will replace two 20-year-old fire department vehicles, according to village officials.

During a Village Board meeting Aug. 13, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar and trustees unanimously approved resolutions authorizing the purchases of a pair of fire trucks from Northwest Municipal Conference Suburban Purchasing Cooperative.

The first vehicle, a Pierce Dash CF PUC Aerial Truck, is equipped with a 75-foot rotating ladder on top of the truck and is priced at $849,364. The second truck is a Pierce Impel PUC Pumper, costs $497,831 and is characterized by the sliding door panels and shelves near the back rear wells.

While the village allocated necessary funds from the 2013 budget to buy the less expensive, Pierce Impel PUC Pumper fire truck, a $680,000 federal grant allowed Claar and the Village Board to replace another vehicle.

“A federal grant, which was attained for us with the help of Illinois State Senator Dick Durbin, will pay for $680,000 of the total $849,364 price tag,” Claar said. “We appreciate Senator Durbin intervening on our behalf to help us acquire this truck.”

The remaining $169,364 balance will come from bond funds and will be applied in early 2014.

The new trucks will replace vehicles that are over 20 years old and have been steadily racking up maintenance and certification bills, according to village officials. After acquiring the new vehicles, Bolingbrook plans to auction off the old trucks.

“Right now, the current trucks are 20 years old and maintenance and certification costs are starting to outweigh the value of the vehicle,” Claar said. “The trucks have seen a lot of use and mileage, but a smaller, more rural town may have use for it.”

The addition of the two vehicles will take care of fire truck purchases for at least 10 years, Claar added.

The Bolingbrook Public Safety committee has reviewed and recommended the purchases.

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