Major Upgrades Coming to YFD

The Youngstown Fire Department will soon have a new ladder truck, new fire station, and six new firefighters to add to the force.

Fire Chief John O’Neill discussed the plans Wednesday with City Council’s Safety Committee. Council budgeted $150,000 to the fire department for a down payment on a new ladder truck.

Chief O’Neill said they plan to lease the truck, paying a more affordable $200,000 a year instead of taking out a loan for close to a $1 million to buy the truck outright.

“This will replace a 1990 ladder truck that we have that actually is pretty broken down, pretty beat up, and we’re just kind of limping by to get through the day to day, fire to fire I should say,” said O’Neill.

O’Neill also said six new firefighters will start by the end of the month. They were hired through a SAFER grant to replace retiring firefighters.

At the next meeting of City Council, members will consider going out for bids to build a new fire station on Midlothian Boulevard. The $750,000 project to build in Ipe’s park could break ground in June.

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