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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 17:10

Upgrading pumper would stagger the fleet’s replacement schedule

The Belgium Fire Department is exploring the possibility of upgrading a pumper damaged in an accident this spring  in an effort to extend the truck’s life.
The 16-year-old pumper is scheduled to head to Pierce Manufacturing this month for $68,000 of repairs after falling on its side in a ditch while responding to a call in March. The driver had missed the driveway for the call and was looking for a place to turn around, according to a Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department report.
In addition to repairs, work such as sandblasting and repainting the frame and replacing air and fuel tanks could extend the truck’s life by five to 10 years, Fire Chief Dan Birenbaum said. The cost for those items hasn’t yet been finalized.
The truck is slated to be replaced in 2031, and a 15-year-old pumper is slated to be replaced in 2032. Extending the life of the damaged truck would split up the replacement schedule.
The Belgium town and village boards and the fire department is tentatively scheduled to meet June 13 to discuss the matter.

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