DUNKIRK — City of Dunkirk officials unveiled a new ladder truck for the city’s Fire Department Wednesday evening.
Officials displayed the new Sutphen SPH 100 aerial tower ladder truck during the ceremony at Dunkirk Fire headquarters on Eagle Street. The process for purchasing the vehicle started nearly three years ago, according to City Fire Chief Mike Edwards. Edwards says Mayor Willy Rosas and the previous Common Council played a critical role in the purchase.
Rosas says he learned that the previous truck needed to be replaced after a series of talks with Edwards.
“We had a good discussion, and after that discussion, I knew for sure we needed a new truck,” Rosas said. He says he met with Edwards and two other city officials to find a way to pay for the truck without increasing the tax rate for the city.
“I’m very proud, today, to be the Mayor of the City of Dunkirk, to have this truck behind us, to provide top of the line service, with top of the line firefighters, for our community,” Rosas adds.
Edwards says the ladder truck will be covered by the Fire Department’s ambulance transfer revenues, meaning there will be no cost to the tax payers.