Chelmsford (MA) Fire Truck Apparatus Cost Less Than Budgeted

A new ladder truck being purchased by the Chelmsford Fire Department will be about $100,000 cheaper than what was budgeted this spring.

Voters approved $1.2 million to replace a ladder truck that has been in and out of service. A new truck is being purchased for $895,000, not including additional equipment. In all, the town will spend about $100,000 less than expected, Fire Chief Michael Curran said.

The fire department is able to use the ladder truck only as an engine, not with its ladder. The department looked at a few demonstration vehicles and considered buying a new vehicle, but then decided to go with a vehicle already built.

A new truck would have required as long as a year before delivery, he said. The town cannot spend the money for the new ladder truck until July 1 or later, but the truck should be delivered a month or two later.

The delivery of the truck will take place just before the opening of the new central fire station next to Town Hall on Billerica Road.

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