Building a fire truck

Grand Haven Township’s new $750,000 quint fire truck is coming together.
Alex Doty
Jan 19, 2013


“It is on the line and it is being built,” Township Fire Chief Tom Gerencer said.

Township residents approved a one-year millage in August 2012 to pay for the apparatus and equipment for the Fire/Rescue Department.

The truck will replace the township’s Engine 1022, a 1989 Pierce and the department’s “first-out” engine. Engine 1022 is obsolete and has experienced equipment failures in the past year, officials have said.

Gerencer expects the new truck to be delivered in late July.

“It will go into service in August once we get everyone trained,” he said.

Earlier last year, the Township Board approved spending $400,000 on the apparatus. The remaining funding will come from the voter-approved millage.

The new truck will assist the township in furthering its ability to fight and prevent fires, Gerencer said.

“It’s going to increase the level of service, especially the firefighting capability with foam and everything,” he said. “It is definitely going to be helpful.”

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


Eve Seth

The firetruck is like a baby that is coming out. The people in the community is looking forward to it. - Donald Leon Farrow


So once again the City of Grand Rapids who has conducted several months of research on how to cut cost in the fire service while providing a excellent service to the tax payers. Grand Haven Twp has done completely the opposite... duplication of services in the tri cities area and purchasing a piece of equipment which is way outside the fire departments budget. I would of like to seen GH TWP board provide the research and cost analyst of this project. I believe the TWP could of purchased 3 fire trucks similar to the style which GRFD did at a cost of $238,700.00 per truck. But I guess with the GH Twp fire department officer whose unethical and bidding tactics should be commended. Job well done getting the business for your buddy the VP of Seagraves Fire Equipment. I just hope with future bidding projects that the twp board is involved with are really watched under a microscope. I would like to know what it really cost a tax payer for a medical run and what the cost is for each basic fire call out. I can't wait till they come back for a mileage increase.


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