Council OKs bids for new firetruck

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company is closer to purchasing a new fire engine after Punxsutawney Borough Council passed a motion to advertise for bids at Monday's meeting.

Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense brought the final bid specs to council for its approval.

Hense said the fire department's truck committee recently made some changes regarding the specs to get the price closer to $300,000. It must meet the specifications of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which include certain types of emergency lighting; air packs; fire extinguishers; automatic external defibrillators; hydrant wrenches; and spare air pack cylinders.

Hense explained to the committee he would like to open bids Friday, March 11, or three days before the next borough council meeting Monday, March 14.

Borough Manager Ben White asked if that would give the committee enough time to review the bids. Hense replied it would review bids over the weekend prior to the council meeting to make sure they are in order.
Solicitor Timothy Morris also reviewed the specs and said the borough should be listed as the party that is bidding for the truck, not the fire department.

White said a newspaper ad should be a summary of the bid, not the entire bid document, listed in the advertisement.

Council approved a motion to advertise for bids with the due date of March 11, with the borough having the right to refuse any and all bids.

The new truck will replace Engine 30-1, a 1981 Mack engine that is still in service at the Elk Run station.
The borough is the owner of all three engines at the Elk Run, Central and Lindsey stations. The fire companies own the rescues, squads, boat and aerial apparatus.

Elk Run members want to add a compressed foam system onto the new truck that they would pay for themselves.

A compressed air foam system is used to deliver fire-retardant foam for the purpose of extinguishing a fire or protecting unburned areas from becoming engulfed in flames.

Currently, in Jefferson County, there are three fire companies that have CAFS: Oliver Township, Big Run and Ringgold.

Also at Monday’s meeting, council:
• Approved giving $900 to the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority.
• Appointed William White to the Punxsutawney Municipal Authority.
• Approved Ordinance No. 1110, the new storm water management update, which shows which areas of the borough are included in a flood plane and which areas have been removed.