Officials eye new fire equipment

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- City council is considering buying new safety equipment for the city's fire department.
At council's work session, city fire officials demonstrated new equipment such as lowering devices and search ropes and how they can be used to assist firefighters in rescue and escape attempts.
Fire Chief Jeff Scrim told council Tuesday afternoon the equipment would bring the city up to date with its firefighting tools. He said much of the equipment now being used is outdated and will soon need to be replaced.
Council agreed to provide the $7,000 needed to buy the equipment and intends to vote on the matter at its public meeting at 7:30 tonight or in September.
The money likely will come from council's contingency fund. That fund has a balance of $30,000 that the city is able to work with through the end of the year.
City officials said they also would explore other funding sources, such as community development block grant money available to the city for such purchases.
Council also plans tonight to open and award bids for the 2005 milling and paving project. Bids for the Zambelli Plaza are also to be opened but will not be awarded until the city is able to secure funding for the project.

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