21 votes cast on Guilderland Center Fire Department's truck bond

Town Supervisor Ken Runion said, due to state legislation, the town, in addition to the fire district, was required to post notice of the vote, even though the district is distinct from the town.

"They're almost considered a separate municipality," Runion said.

Notice of the vote was placed in The Altamont Enterprise, the town's paper of record, on May 7.

The town is replacing and selling a 25-year-old truck with a new truck, in order to extend the life of another fire truck purchased in 1993, said Don Albright, chairman of the board at Guilderland Center Fire Department and chief fire inspector in town.

Attempts to determine if the bond will result in a tax increase were inconclusive.

Albright said the department must keep up with a myriad of mandates and regulations passed down from the other governmental entities.

"In doing so, we need to change the way we respond," Albright said of the mandates. "We're trying to stay ahead of the eight-ball."

Albright said due to increasing technological demands and requirements on the specifications of the trucks, it is no longer feasible to hold a truck as long as departments used to.

"You used to be able to buy and replace trucks for 30 years," he said. Now he said, holding a truck for more than 20 years is hardly workable. He did say, though, that the old truck is still in good condition, and it will eventually be put into a trade magazine for sale.

The fire department is also planning to use $260,000 toward a smaller truck, used only for putting out fires, from its reserve fund, Albright said. The larger truck will be capable of ice and rope rescue, as well as extrication and fighting fires, he said.


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