Dover-Foxcroft selectmen have given approval for the purchase of a new pumper truck to replace the department’s 1989 model.
The pumper truck is comprised of a body new from the factory in 2013, built on a 2011 chassis. The cost from K&T Fire Equipment in Island Falls is $257,000.
The fire department proposed to the selectmen that $75,000 currently set aside in an account for a new truck be used as a down payment and the remainder of the price be financed over seven years — which equals a figure of $29,955 annually in the department capital budget from the 2015 to 2022 fiscal years.
Fire Chief Joe Guyotte said the two-year old chassis lowered the truck cost from the $400,000 range to $257,000 and the price was reduced further with the vehicle having been previously used as a demo model.
The fire truck will have the ability to spray foam, something that cannot be done with the existing Dover-Foxcroft fire vehicles, and Guyotte said the chassis provides rollover protection for the six-man cab in the event of an accident.
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