After trying, unsuccessfully, to apply for federal funds for a new fire truck, the Pittsburg Fire Department is now in the final stages of getting that funding.



Pittsburg Fire Chief Scott Crain said that the department has entered the final phase of the Assistance to Firefighters grant program, a federally funded grant program meant to assist with the purchase of necessary equipment for fire departments nationwide.

After trying, unsuccessfully, to apply for federal funds for a new fire truck, the Pittsburg Fire Department is now in the final stages of getting that funding.

Pittsburg Fire Chief Scott Crain said that the department has entered the final phase of the Assistance to Firefighters grant program, a federally funded grant program meant to assist with the purchase of necessary equipment for fire departments nationwide.

Initially, Crain said the city applied for $865,000 to replace its 85-foot ladder truck.

“They have reduced that to $750,000 based on the new application,” Crain said.

The grant funding will replace the city’s 29-year-old ladder truck with a brand-new model.
Crain said that the application showed the total budget for the new truck is approximately $771,000 with the grant covering $732,000 and the city responsible for 5 percent of that, or $38,550.

There was one other change to the grant application that was not included in previous year’s grants.

“You can sell the truck to another department because they were catching on to the fact that the department that was sold the older piece of equipment was using that as basis to get a grant of their own a year later,” Crain said.

That means that the Pittsburg Fire Department will have to sell its older ladder truck to a dealer to recoup some of the city match.

“We can take the money out of one of two different funds for the match and replace it with what we get from selling the older truck,” said Interim City Manager John Van Gorden.

Crain said that the city was looking to purchase a 101’ ladder truck because the current 85’ truck would reach just to where they need to be to reach the Besse Hotel. However, Crain said that getting the longer ladder truck may be cost-prohibitive.

Nonetheless, he said that if the city gets the grant, it will be beneficial.
“It is a good opportunity for us to get a new truck,” Crain said.