North Tonawanda Fire Department to Finally get New Pumper

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By: Brendan McDonough

Reporter for North Tonawanda

Members of the North Tonawanda Common Council gave a big boost to the North Tonawanda Fire Department after approving $50,000 to get a new pumper.

Members of the NTFD will tell you that it has been a year-long project to get this new truck. The project was started with a grant from Senator Ortt’s office of $220,000. Since then the minimum bid for the truck has increased.

“The lowest bid that we received was $476,992 and the highest bid was $541,759. The amount of money funded was $420,000 including $220,000 that came from a grant, so I am requesting an additional $50,000 so that we can meet the minimum bid,” said Joseph Sikora, Fire Chief.

Sikora says the new truck will help better serve the City.

“It will serve the City the way we need it to be served and will last 30 years with our department,” said Sikora.

Members of the Common Council approved the additional funding by a vote of 5 to 0.

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