FEMA grant to help pay for new Fulton fire vehicle

Captain William Molascon, who is the acting assistant fire chief, discusses the bids received for a new custom pumper during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Common Council.

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Common Council voted to purchase a new custom pumper for the Fulton Fire Department during its meeting Tuesday night.

The city received a federal grant that would cover more than half of the new vehicle and equipment, which is expected to cost around $705,000, according to Mayor Ron Woodward.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will cover $377,000 of the new vehicle.

The council approved a bond resolution to finance the remaining portion of $328,000.

“This pumper will last for 25 to 30 years,” said Woodward. “I highly recommend it. I think this is a good thing. Over the years, we have been short on new equipment for the fire department.”

Two companies submitted bids for the new custom pumper.

Northern Fire Equipment submitted a bid of $562,752 while Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation submitted a bid of $649,980.

Even though it submitted a higher bid, Captain William Molascon, acting assistant fire chief, recommended the bid be awarded to Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation.

Third Ward Councilor Peter Franco asked Molascon why the higher bid was recommended and not the lower one.

Molascon responded that Northern Fire Equipment did not meet the bid’s specifications.

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