Pa. fire company finds firetruck on eBay

August 25, 2008 3:50:37 AM PDT
Officials in an eastern Pennsylvania borough say they found a way to save hundreds of thousands of dollars on a needed firetruck - they found it on eBay. The Mount Penn Fire Company in Berks County solicited bids for a new ladder truck and got one for $808,000. Officials say they would have been paying that off for the next two decades, so they started looking for a used one.

That's when firefighter David Schwoyer found a 1992 Seagrave ladder truck on eBay.

Chief Timothy Waldman called the owner and agreed to pay $12,000, sweated out an online auction, then headed to Kentucky fellow firefighters. The truck needs a new motor and a full renovation, but when it's delivered in January, the fire company will have a like-new vehicle for less than $250,000.

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Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/


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