SCHENECTADY — The Schenectady Fire Department has purchased a new fire engine and “quint,” or engine-truck combination, to replace aging equipment.
The new units, which are now in service, were purchased with the help of state grants secured by state Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, who announced the $1 million grant allocation on Friday.
The city chipped in an additional $143,000.
Schenectady Fire Chief Raymond Senecal said the city appreciated the lawmaker’s support, which is critical for maintaining public safety.
“The most important job we can do as elected representatives is to support those individuals and organizations in any way we can who keep our communities and the public safe,” Tedisco said. “Our courageous firefighters in Schenectady and across our area put their lives on the line every time they respond to an emergency.”
Assistant Fire Chief Don Mareno said the state assistance is a first for the department and will allow the city to have state-of-the-art equipment backing up a first-line engine, which is critical because of the wear and tear incurred through daily use.
“We’ve never had anything like this,” Mareno said. “This is quite exciting for the department.”
With a 78-foot aerial ladder, the quint is slightly smaller than the existing 100-foot unit.
But the smaller size will allow firefighters to navigate tight spots easier, including the city’s Stockade neighborhood.
The acquisition brings the department’s fleet up to five front-line engines and three front-line ladder trucks.
The units will replace two 20-year-old vehicles.