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Silver Creek discusses fire truck

July 15, 2013

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Fire Department has found an ideal truck for the village, the only thing missing is the funding....

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Jul-15-13 10:19 PM

when your newest fire truck was built in the 1990s and they are also runnig trucks that were built in the 1970s its time to upgrade the fire department has been making 30 and 40 yr old trucks work for a long time it time they get something better and i dont know about you but i would rather pay for a truck that 20 yrs old that this department will probably keep working for another 20 yrs based on what they are using now then spend 6 times as much on something that will still last another 20 yrs buy the truck and stop putting a price tag on public safety whats gonna happen if its your hous burning and gues what that 40 yr old truck decides it aint going anymore

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Jul-15-13 6:55 PM

Silver Creek will never change!

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Jul-15-13 3:40 PM

Not all of the buildings the asst. chief is talking about are vacant. As a volunteer firefighter myself I could see the need for it when you can't always count on Fredonia or Dunkirk to be ready to respond if they are busy with their own call or already dispatched mutual aid to another call for another fire department.

Yes consolidation of the fire departments from 5 to 3 with satellite stations would make sense but don't expect it to happen anytime soon unless the State of New York makes it mandatory. So don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

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Jul-15-13 2:28 PM


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Jul-15-13 10:32 AM

StatlerandWaldorff, you have a very valid point except for one part of it, the DPW is not the recipient of the truck. It will be a new truck for the fire dept not a DPW truck. It needs to be housed in the DPW building because no ladder truck will fit in the turn of the century fire hall.

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Jul-15-13 10:29 AM

The village board should do the right thing and buy this truck. It will save them money in the long run and the interest rate is next to nothing. These volunteers dont ask for much and for them to ask for upgraded equipment to help save the public in time of need is a no brainer to me.

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Jul-15-13 9:42 AM

Same people, same story, different page.blah blah blah..For the past decade,(forever)Silver Creek has never had a PAID fire dept, such as these two depts mentioned above. Perhaps, that is what your proposing, since its such a waste of money to keep our community and VOLUNTEERS safe. One has to wonder at what cost are you willing to pay for a paid fire dept is emergency squad? These things are often taken for granted. I think the fire dept is always looking for new members, please feel free to walk the walk.

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Jul-15-13 8:45 AM

The municipality selling this truck is buying a new ladder truck for $950K. Their 20 year old truck is in a condition usually found on 10 year old trucks. It has been very well maintained.

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Jul-15-13 7:47 AM

Where is the Village going to come up with the money to purchase this? The Police Dept was pretty much abolished to balance a budget with a 2 cent tax decrease, should the DPW workers be let go to buy this truck?

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Jul-15-13 4:17 AM

It is time for the village to dissolve, and part of this process would be merging fire districts/departments. This isn't 1950 anymore, no reason for five separate departments in the town of Hanover. Currently there are more fire trucks in Hanover than Jamestown, which has ten times the population. As for a ladder truck, Dunkirk and Fredonia for decades respond to Silver Creek in a time of need!

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Jul-15-13 3:49 AM

"He added that it is recommended to have a ladder truck if there are buildings over 38 feet in the village and there are around five that height in Silver Creek." 3 of which are vacant and could greatly improve the village if allowed to burn to the ground.

Hey lets all put a bow on a turd..

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Jul-15-13 3:45 AM

YEAH!!! Let the post police spending begin!!!!Why we are at it how 'bout we buy a new fire chief truck and maybe a mustang for the assistant..

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Jul-15-13 2:50 AM

I would hope the Village Board would have enough common sense not to spend 150 thousand dollars they don't have on someone's 20 year old problem. There is a reason municipalities get rid of these items, to become someone else's problem

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