Firetruck sharing proposed

Seen here is the type of Sutphen firetruck that the Lake George Volunteer Fire Department would like to buy to replace its nearly 24-year-old vehicle. Village Mayor Robert Blais has asked if Warrensburg would be willing to pay one-third of the full cost — estimated at between $900,000 and $1 million — in exchange for sharing the vehicle with the town and village of Lake George. 

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LAKE GEORGE — Village Mayor Robert Blais is trying to hook Warrensburg on the idea of sharing a firetruck.

Blais has written a letter to Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, who is also a commissioner for the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Department, asking if the department would share the cost of buying a new tower truck with the village and town of Lake George.

The Lake George Fire Department is seeking to replace its nearly 24-year-old truck, which has about 17,000 miles on it. It is in the process of putting out a request for bids. Fire Chief Jason Berry has been eyeing the purchase of a new Sutphen tower truck at an estimated cost of between $900,000 and $1 million.

Blais suggested that each municipality pay one-third of the cost. He proposed an arrangement in which the truck would be stationed in Lake George for 6 months during the busy tourist season, from about May to October, and in Warrensburg for the rest of the year.

Blais said the tower truck is a special piece of equipment not used at every fire.

“It made a lot of sense to see if we could share — share the cost and share the use with an adjoining community that was as close as Warrensburg,” he said.

Blais pointed out that Warrensburg provides fire coverage for the north end of Lake George anyway. Warrensburg also has a new fire station it built last year that could accommodate the truck.

The village has a station-keeper. If the truck was needed in Warrensburg, Blais siad it would be ready to roll and could be in Warrensburg in about 7 minutes.

But sharing may not be popular with some of the volunteer firefighters, Blais said.

“The day is going to come where the people in Warrensburg are going to be asking for an aerial ladder too. This makes a little sense to see if we can work (together) by sharing it,” Blais said.

Geraghty said Tuesday he received the letter and would take up the matter at the next meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners on Dec. 11.

“They’ll determine what direction they’ll go,” he said.

Geraghty said the town is not required to have an aerial tower truck. It does not have many buildings that would require its use.

Michael Goot covers the city of Glens Falls, town and village of Lake George and other northern Warren County communities. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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