Frugal Remsen acquires truck


REMSEN — We congratulate the Remsen Volunteer Fire Department for not only improving its fleet but also doing it in a way that saved the fire district/taxpayers money.

Department President Alex Karis said a used 2002 Spartan/Darley pumper truck is being put into service after purchasing the vehicle more than a year ago, in April 2019. The department bought the 1,000-gallon truck from the Calcium Fire Department in Jefferson County.

The truck underwent extensive body work for corrosion repair at Express Auto Body in Remsen, followed by a trip to JPJ Electronics in Yorkville to get fitted for lights and radio equipment, Mohawk Valley Freightliner for further service and Valley Signs for lettering. Karis said the department put just under $100,000 into buying the 2002 truck and making it ready for service.

“We finally have it back in our possession and are in the process of putting it into service now,” said Karis. A new truck would have cost over $500,000. Money came from the department’s budget, as well as several years worth of savings, along with donations from the Remsen Barn Festival of Arts committee and the Remsen Rotary. This is a fine acquisition for the Remsen volunteers.


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