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Oct 20, 2015 10:20 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton Fire District Voters Approve 10-year Bond For New Fire Truck

Bridgehampton Fire District residents voted on Tuesday for an $850,000 bond for a fire truck ALISHA STEINDECKER
Oct 21, 2015 7:53 AM

Residents in the Bridgehampton Fire District approved a 10-year $850,000 bond on Tuesday to fund an advanced fire truck, by a vote of 78 to 33.

According to Fire Commissioner Bruce Dombkowski, there were a total of 113 residents who cast their votes, but the district can only count 111 of them because it was unclear if two people were registered to vote in the district.

The district will use capital reserve funds for the remainder of the cost of the truck, which is just over $1 million.

The Quint truck is special in that it is self-sufficient, as it has a large tank of water, foam and a 77-foot ladder, making it unlike any other truck within the district. The district will also no longer have to rely on mutual aid from other departments.

In The Southampton Press, an open letter from the district to the public on September 17 reads: “Aerial trucks are critical to both the safety of our residents and the safety of our firefighters."

The new truck will replace an old fire engine that was due to be retired.

"It is the best thing that ever happened to the district," Mr. Dombkowski said, adding that the district had been 15 years behind. "We got what we wanted."

It takes 270 days to build this fire truck, which means that the district will not have it for about a year.

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Julie, ever have a notion to attend the FD board meeting??? How about asking them to a cac meeting??? Think ahead...
By knitter (1802), Southampton on Oct 21, 15 12:28 PM
Congrats on the passing of your budget. As a Fire Chief in a small community myself, I grew up in Bridgehampton and I know how hard it is to deal with special interest organizations. We meaning our commissioners and myself have been keeping our budget to a minimum, so not to add the burden of higher taxes to the taxpayer. Unfortunately with the rising costs of firematic equipment it is very difficult. Hats off to you and good luck with your new truck.
By FredG (1), Tivoli on Oct 24, 15 7:14 AM
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