SCHENECTADY – City Council’s Public Safety Committee has begun the lease-purchase process of three new platforms for the fire department – a 100-foot lift-platform fire truck and two custom pump trucks with a combined value of over $ 2.6 million.

Buying the trio of vehicles this way, Finance Commissioner Anthony Ferrari told the committee Monday night, will offer the city a rebate of $ 108,759 before the purchase, as well as a favorable interest rate of 2 , 2%.

Rosenbauer America, the world’s largest manufacturer of fire engine and emergency response vehicles, will build the trucks in a process that can take up to 14 months before they hit the streets of Schenectady, Fire Chief Ray Senecal told the committee.

The equipment is acquired on an offer with Sourcewell, a purchasing consortium that is approved and used by state and municipalities across the country.

The price of the equipment was evaluated and awarded under the Sourcewell contract.

The fire department has had an “excellent relationship” for over 30 years with a fire apparatus dealer, Garrison Fire & Rescue Corp., through which it purchases and replaces fire apparatus every five years. years, Senecal said.

This is a cost-effective alternative to outright purchasing the trucks, as the deal includes maintenance of platforms that are often used, officials said.

Ferrari said the city had received quotes from three different companies.

Funding is provided by the KS State Bank of Kansas.

While the city will not receive the trucks for over a year, the city needs to lease-buy now so the trucks can be manufactured. The city won’t start paying until 2023, Ferrari said.

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