July 30, 2014

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For sale: One 1981 Ford Pierce fire truck

WESTFIELD TWP. — The Westfield Fire District is auctioning off a decommissioned pump truck on eBay.

The 1981 Ford Pierce Pumper truck was posted on the Internet auction website June 28. The minimum bid was set at $4,000. The auction runs through Monday.

The Westfield Fire District is offering this 1981 Ford Pierce Pumper truck for auction on eBay. The minimum bid is $4,000. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Fire Chief Richard Fletcher said the truck has not been used since August 2010, when the department purchased a new engine. The Pierce officially was decommissioned in May.

It isn’t the first time the township has sold equipment on eBay.

“They’ve had success in the past at the township garage when they got rid of their vehicles,” Fletcher said. “It’s not like there’s a used fire truck store, so we thought it best to try it this way.”

The department contracted with Paul Eash, an eBay broker in Orrville.

Eash, formerly of Seville, said he has sold items on the website for 47 government agencies.

Eash said the truck has a 750-gallon tank and could spray 1,000 gallons per minute, but damaged seals have reduced its ability to spray at high pressure.

The vehicle, described as in good condition with 30,000 miles on the odometer, is being sold “as is” with no guarantees.

Fletcher said money the department receives from the sale would go toward the purchase of a new truck to fight grass fires and other such calls. He said a “brush truck” — basically a pickup with a mounted water pump — can cost anywhere between $30,000 and $80,000. He said the department will look for one in the $50,000 to $60,000 range.

In addition to the fire truck, the township also posted on eBay a Godwin 15-foot “dump bed,” which had been used on a tractor-trailer rig. The minimum bid is $2,000.

Eash said the fire truck has had 770 views and has 30 watchers, and the dump bed had 61 views and has five watchers. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, there were no bids on the either vehicle.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.