District finds way to purchase used to maximize budget
The Vernonia Rural Fire Protection District (VRFPD) has a newer fire engine.
The used engine, a 1994 Freightliner FL70, was purchased from the Banks Fire District and will replace Engine E451 as the second out engine for VRFPD, according to Chief Dean Smith.
“Replacing this old rig was a huge priority for us,” said Smith. “We really needed to do something to upgrade our fleet.”
VRFPD is purchasing the newer engine for $30,000. According to Smith, the Vernonia Volunteer Firefighter’s Association has agreed to pay $10,000 towards the cost.
“Our volunteers are giving back directly to the department and the community by making this donation,” explained Smith.
A brand new comparable truck would have cost the District $450,000.
Smith said the Banks Fire District was looking to sell this older rig and had contacted other local departments to see if any had a need. “They were happy to be able to assist a neighboring district,” said Smith. According to Smith, the Banks Fire District agreed to accept payments on the $20,000 balance. Read More