Cinnaminson Fire Department in Need of Two New Trucks

A referendum vote will be held later this month.

The Cinnaminson Fire Department is in need of two new trucks and will ask voters to approve a referendum later this month that would update the department’s fleet.

Fire Chief William Kramer said two of the fire district’s trucks—a pumper and a rescue pumper—are nearly 20 years old and it’s time for new vehicles.

The purchase of the two vehicles will not increase the fire tax for taxpayers here.

Both vehicles are models from 1994 and have been costing the department several thousand a year in repair costs and hundreds of hours in offline time, Kramer added.

“Both have exceeded their life expectancies,” Kramer said.

The district plans ahead for apparatus replacement, Kramer said, and is now debt-free. The payments for the new trucks would be stretched out over the next 15 years.

The pumper truck needed is “the bread and butter” fire truck, Kramer said. It carries 750 gallons of water, fire hose and equipment for firefighters to work inside burning buildings.

The rescue pumper operates as a rescue company and has specialized equipment for entrapment incidents.

The life expectancy of the two potential vehicles is between 18 to 20 years, Kramer said.

The fire department has $400,000 toward the purchase of the two vehicles that will cost a total of $1.2 million over a six-year payment plan.

There are four major pieces of apparatus between the department’s two stations—two pumper trucks, one rescue pumper and one ladder company. If the referendum is approved, the department will call on a private company for help with bid specifications. Once bids are received, Kramer said, they will be analyzed and the lowest bidder will be chosen.

Before a contract is awarded, the plan must go before the state’s local finance board for review and a final decision.

Once the contract is issued, the apparatuses will be delivered after about nine months, the chief said.

“We’d be looking toward the end of the year before we actually see delivery,” Kramer said.

Kramer will hold a 45-minute presentation tonight at the township community center to talk about the department, its needs and the upcoming referendum.

Residents can ask questions to the chief. It will be held at 7 p.m. and everyone is invited. The referendum vote is at the community center from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Cinnaminson Fire Department runs out of two stations—one on Cinnaminson Avenue and one on Taylors Lane. There are 14 career staff members and about 45 active volunteers. The fire department responds to about 1,300 to 1,400 calls a year and to date, are well over 1,000 already, Kramer said.

JustALocalGuy October 24, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Ric, you aren't reading what's been written, and you are responding to things that haven't been said. This is a recurring theme for you. I'm not offended by the request for more information at all. You are completely mischaracterizing what I and others have said. You haven't been polite at all, and now you're saying I'm attacking you personally? That's pretty rich. The simple fact is that you're responding to things that haven't been written, and the responses make no sense as a result of that. Again, if you care to address what's actually been said, your responses might make more sense. Chief Kramer addressed your "questions" with more polity than they deserved. I would suggest that if you want to get anywhere with this, you go to the public meetings.
carl October 25, 2012 at 05:04 AM
REALLY an oil analysis used since the 40's by detecting levels of metal REALLY? you surely must be kidding? rocket surgery? man you haven't a clue a visual inspection will detect metal in oil nobody and i mean nobody in the 40's was telling people to have such a thing done unless it was snake oil, stick to something you know about because you don't know this subject very well AT ALL, you see ANY trained professional does not have oil checked for engine condition or wear NONE that is used to check oil quality or condition, a qualified technician would be checking engine condition mechanically, and as stated engine overhauls are a normal procedure for these heavy diesel engines, all I was asking was a few questions there is no need for you to be rude with your comments, especially since you apparently have NO knowledge in the field which is obvious with you comments, do yourself a favor on matters you are not skilled on please don't pretend it makes you look foolish. There is a Cummins facility right over in Bristol maybe they will let you tour the place and help teach you the basic's and fundamentals of diesel engine's and basic repair and diagnosis
carl October 25, 2012 at 05:23 AM
By the way I didn't want to say this but after reading your comment I will say the other day while drinking our morning coffee at the 30 bay repair facility that I have worked at for over 20 years I brought up the comment that my township had an "oil analysis" done on their trucks and was told they had engine wear the technicians all got a good laugh out of it, see we do send oil out to be analyzed (they have special containers they send us just for that purpose) we use it to make sure the correct oil is being used in the engines otherwise our warranty claims are denied by the manufacturer, and I'm sure you know this but it can be normal for small metal flakes to be in the oil that's what the normal purpose of oil is for... Lubricate moving parts.
FbS October 28, 2012 at 12:45 PM
The Fire trucks were approved!! Thanks for voting everyone !!
John December 23, 2012 at 06:04 PM
@Mark, U said our taxes will not go up, oh yea, do U live in a bubble...Oh thats right our taxes will not go up just the assessed value of our homes valued at ha ha market prices.....as of right now the market value of our homes is over assessed by 35,000 so how do U figure this, oh thats right the new math....just like the NEW CHARGER.....


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