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Williamsville Village Board to consider replacing 3 fire trucks

Three of the Williamsville Fire Department's trucks would be replaced under a proposal the Village Board will consider Monday night.

Two 2003 pumper trucks and the department's rescue truck would be replaced at an estimated maximum cost of $1.35 million. The village would use $175,000 from its capital fire truck reserve and borrow $1,175,000 to purchase the new trucks. That cost is expected to be offset by $200,000 from trading in the older vehicles.

Mayor Brian Kulpa said the Fire Department is actually downsizing its fleet because the new rescue truck, which carries tools such as the jaws of life and other cutters, will be a smaller F-650 pickup chassis.

"It's like taking three vehicles and turning out 2½ vehicles," he said.

Each pumper truck is expected to cost $450,000, with the rescue accounting for the rest. Kulpa said the pumpers are subject to faster wear-and-tear because they are sent out on each of the department's calls for service.

The board meets at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, 5565 Main Street.

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