City Fire Chief Discusses 2 New Trucks

The Jamestown City Council discussed the two new fire trucks that will be purchased for the Jamestown Fire Department during a work session meeting Monday. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

The request for proposal bids will be opened later this month for the two new fire trucks the city will purchase for the Jamestown Fire Department.

On Monday, Sam Salemme, city deputy fire chief, discussed the specs that will be included on the new fire trucks during a work session meeting of the Jamestown City Council. The new trucks will include a “clean cab concept” that Salemme said will help reduce possible contamination and make cleaning the trucks easier; removable seat covers that have encapsulated barriers to reduce gas and liquid absorption; lower crosslays for loading and deploying hoses; ladders that can be stored inside the engines and out of the weather; and smaller tanks to hold water — from 750 gallons on the current trucks to 500 gallons — in addition to a higher pumping capacity — from 1,500 gallons per minute to 2,000 gallons per minute.

Salemme said the request for proposals were sent out last month with the deadline for bids Thursday, Dec. 12. Salemme said the recommended bid should be ready for the council to vote on during its regular voting session meeting Monday, Dec. 30.

In September when city officials were discussing the Smart City Capital Improvement Program, Salemme said the newest fire truck the city owns was purchased in 2013, which is followed by one being bought in 2000, the next in 1999, another in 1994 and the oldest one in 1989. He said of the fire trucks, three are considered front line and two are reserves. He added all three of the front line trucks have severe corrosion issues. He said the plan is to purchase two new trucks at the cost of $470,000 each and to refurbish the newest truck at an estimate of $300,000. Once approved and a contract is signed, Salemme said it could take up to 400 days to receive the trucks due to construction and delivery, meaning around the spring of 2021. The ladder truck is scheduled to be out of service for five to six months for a complete refurbishment.

In other business, the council discussed the lead paint housing problem in the city. Brent Sheldon, Ward 1 councilman and county Health Department employee, said the county’s Healthy Housing Task Force discussed the lead paint poisoning problem during a meeting last month. He said the task force discussed how state lead poisoning standard have been lowered.

As of Oct. 1, state officials lowered the elevated blood level of lead from 10 micrograms per deciliter to 5 micrograms per deciliter. Sheldon discussed how county health department personnel are already seeing an increase in the number of lead poisoning cases, which is driving up the number of housing inspections. He said county officials will be applying for state and federal grants to acquire funding to try and curtail the lead paint poisoning cases in the county.

In July, Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller, Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department healthy communities consultant, and Natalie Whiteman, Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department lead program coordinator, discussed the state blood level change with the Chautauqua County Legislature Human Services Committee. Eight out of every 10 homes in the county has lead paint, Schmidtfrerick-Miller said. She said 91% of the houses in the city of Jamestown, where 90% of the county cases occur, contain lead paint. She said before lead paint was outlawed in 1978, it was primarily used around doors, windows, staircases and porches. As the paint chips away, lead paint dust falls to the floor where children at a young age when they are crawling are more susceptible to unintentionally ingest the poison. She added one out of every three children are not being tested.


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