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Monarch VFD plans to purchase $80K engine to replace one built in 1971

| Saturday, March 23, 2013, 12:26 a.m.

Monarch Volunteer Fire Department officers discussed plans to purchase a new fire truck for $80,000 during a public meeting Friday night.

Chief Steven Grubbs said the fire department is moving ahead with plans to purchase a 1998 Saulsbury/Spartan Custom Rescue Pumper from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus, LLC in Union Grove, Ala.

The VFD plans to borrow $80,000 from Somerset Trust to pay for the new truck, which will replace a 1971 Mack fire truck, Grubbs said. Over the seven-year loan period, the VFD will be required to pay $11,500 a year until the truck is paid off.

Nanya Grubbs, the chief's wife and one of the department trustees, will direct fundraising activities to help the department pay for the truck.

“We will be holding toy, cash and gun bashes to raise money,” said Josh Watson, VFD vice president. “We will be selling freezer tickets. We will also be holding hoagie sales and boot drives throughout the year.”

Grubbs said fire department officials spent about six months searching for a new truck to purchase.

“We looked at a couple of thousand fire trucks before we found the one that we wanted to buy,” Grubbs said. “Three of us — including myself, the president and our mechanic — actually went to Alabama to see the truck before we bought it. It had all of the specifications that we were looking for, and our mechanic checked it. We decided to buy it.”

Grubbs said the fire department decided to hold a public meeting to give residents an opportunity to ask questions about the new truck.

No residents, though, attended the meeting. Dunbar Township supervisors expressed interest in the meeting, but didn't attend.

The fire department plans to take possession of the new truck within the next two or three weeks.

Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.

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