MERRILLVILLE | Three new fire engines and a tanker/pumper could be added to the Merrillville Fire Department's fleet, town officials said.
The department is pursuing a $3.1 million bond issue to purchase the vehicles as well as new breathing apparatus and bunker gear, Fire Chief Ed Yerga said.
The department would pay off the debt with money from its equipment fund, Yerga said. The bond would not create addition costs to taxpayers, he said.
Fire stations on 73rd Avenue, Taft Street and 57th Avenue would receive new fire engines. The tanker/pumper would go the Ainsworth station, Yerga said.
An existing tanker used at the Ainsworth station is about 40 years old, he added.
The bond issue requires approval from the Merrillville Fire Protection Territory Board, the Ross Township Board and the Merrillville Town Council.
Councilman Tom Goralczyk, who also is a member of the Fire Protection Territory Board, said a public hearing about the matter is scheduled for 5 p.m. May 14 at Town Hall, 7820 Broadway.
The three panels could authorize the bond that night.