For Immediate Release
Date: December 9, 2020
Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications/Media Relations
Bloomsburg University Supports Town’s Fire Department in Purchase of New Ladder Truck
BLOOMSBURG--Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has agreed to contribute $360,000 to the Bloomsburg Fire Department towards the purchase of a new ladder truck. The Town of Bloomsburg and the Bloomsburg Fire Department are replacing their existing 15-year-old ladder truck, which serves structures three stories and higher.
The university has historically funded a portion of capital equipment replacement for the Town of Bloomsburg. Such equipment is necessary for serving a number of campus buildings should there be a need. The ladder truck, currently in service, cost $788,000. Bloomsburg University contributed $200,000 (over eight years) or approximately 25% of the cost. The new ladder truck is expected to cost approximately $1.3 million; Bloomsburg University’s contribution of $360,000 will cover about 28% of the cost.
“The safety of the BU campus community is our highest priority,” said BU President Bashar Hanna. “Because we have several campus buildings that are taller than three stories, we are happy to partner with the Town of Bloomsburg and our fire department to ensure that the local fire equipment meets our current safety needs, and also protects the residents of the Town of Bloomsburg.”
“This is a good example of the many economic benefits our Town prospers from as host to one of the Commonwealth’s finest state universities,” said Bloomsburg mayor Bill Kreisher.
Delivery of the new ladder truck is expected in the first quarter of 2022.
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