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Boardman getting new, bigger fire truck

Published: Tue, September 4, 2012 @ 2:30 p.m.

Boardman getting new, bigger fire truck


A new ladder truck for the fire department should arrive by the middle of next month, the fire chief says. Fire Chief George Brown said the Quint Fire Truck with 100-foot ladder — 10 feet longer than the 21-year-old ladder truck being replaced — was originally going to be a demonstration truck for the truck company, but was able to be adapted to Boardman’s specifications.

Trustees approved purchasing the truck last week at a cost of $917,750 and township Administrator Jason Loree said the fiscal office is still determining if the township will buy the truck outright or work out a financing agreement.

“With our estate taxes, we could buy it outright,” Loree said.

The township has received $1.9 million in estate taxes, more than double the usual $600,000 to $700,000 it receives, Loree said. The estate tax, however, will no longer be collected beginning next year because of changes to state law.

Brown said the truck’s purchase was part of the township’s 2016 plan.

“It was an opportunity the board saw and we’re grateful that they took it,” Brown said.


1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Wow over 900 grand, didnt realize Boardman had any buildings over 100 ft. tall.

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2AtownAugie(891 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Boardman has thrown down the gauntlet. Austintown will be forced to respond. First "the space race," then "the arms race" -- now we'll have the "my truck's bigger than yours race."

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3southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

$917,750 "That's a lot of money man"

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4columbus1(7 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I love reading the comment sections on these articles. People are so funny when they comment on something that they have no idea WTH they are talking about. So, no tall buildings...just because it is not in height does not mean you don't need a ladder truck. Apartments, shopping plaza's, industrial bldgs, the mall, and the list goes on for huge bldg. Yes almost a million dollars is a lot of money, but the last ladder truck the twp. got 21 years of service out of. So you people that comment on how city/twp services are run or how safety services do their jobs, keep posting. I love to laugh at you nonsence. Nintendo controllers...hahaha. Not one clue.

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5walter_sobchak(2723 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I guess none of the posters here have been to the St. E's hospital. I think that bldg., which is going to have an additional wing in the next few years, is somewhat large.

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6rightofronnie(11 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

As a resident of Boardman Township, and as someone who grew up in a family of firefighters, I dont think that it is completely ridiculous that Boardman is looking to purchase this truck. What I think IS completely ridiculous is how they handle some of their day-to-day operations. For instance...do we really need to have six firefighters in a firetruck that sucks $4.50 per gallon diesel fuel running around town to go to the grocery store? I know, I know...the excuse is that "we all have to be together with the truck incase something happens!". Well, here is a novel idea...how about one guy goes in the Suburban that the fire department owns and gets the groceries. IF there is an emergency...he can drive to the emergency! Seems logical right? Also, this first responder stuff is total BS. Nine times out of ten, the ambulance gets there before the fire truck ANYWAY! Be done with all this wasting of diesel fuel and man hours and start an ambulance service within the township and begin charging the same rates that the current privately owned ambulance services charge. Either that, or make the police the first responders, their cars are much lighter, easier on gas, and much less dangerous when they are flying around town like bats out of hell for a guy who twisted his ankle. When the number of actual structure fires per year within the township can be counted on one hand, it does seem a little bit much to be purchasing a truck of this size, but hey...who are we taxpayers who continue to see our paychecks dwindle to tell you trustees who make $20,000 per year on top of your regular employment to attend one or two meetings a month, what to do. Obviously, you have it all figured out!

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7apollo(1227 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

It's what Boardman does. They are like a kid with a nickel burning a hole in his pocket, except that they are holding more than a nickel. They never want to save it for a rainy day. So they buy a new truck that the township doesn't need. Then they'll whine about the old fire station needing repairs or replaced. They waste money better than any government entity around. CALEA certification, (now gone) the substation on Market, (now gone) the IT coordinator, (now gone) cars for everyone. The list is almost endless.

I guess spending it on an unneeded truck is better than giving it to the employees and building in an even higher wage structure than they already have.

With the new recent levy passage, is crime now completely eradicated? How about cops on bicycles patrolling the areas where crime is actually happening and even riding in the neighborhoods occassionally?

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8reddogleader(1 comment)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Agreed 100%, save the estate tax money for something more important! The FD needs to use their SUV's for medical calls, not ladder trucks.

Last year's "Police Levy" turned out to be another shell game, business as usual here in this township. The levy money went to the police dept, and then the trustees pulled general fund money out of the PD to give to the Fire and Road depts. As for the fire truck, someone is likely getting a nice free vacation from the manufacturer. Keep your eye out for anyone taking a cruise or going to Disney! To the officers in Boardman, I bet this stings considering the pay raise freeze they've been enduring for how long now? The township isn't broke, they just don't know how to properly spend money, or how to say no to department heads. Sadly, this little stunt will likely upset voters, which is perfect timing considering they have a huge school levy on the ballot in Nov. Good luck with that one.

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