Cuttyhunk MA Gets Repaired Fire Apparatus Back

After a water leak has been patched up, Cuttyhunk’s (MA) four-wheel-drive “brush-breaker” fire truck was put on a barge bound for home, sending it back to the island of 35 residents.

The 1982 Chevy CK3500 truck sports a water pumping system that makes it look like the offspring of a pickup and fire engine.

Cuttyhunk acquired the truck from the Aquinnah Fire Department for $5,000 last year and expects to put 50 miles on the vehicle annually, keeping it in service for another decade.

Losing one truck to a repair shop for the week left Cuttyhunk’s seven-person call Fire Department down one of its two vehicles.

But, for an island community that’s seen two major fires — one in a house and another at its power plant — in the past decade, it did not pose a huge problem.

It’s also much faster, and cheaper, for Cuttyhunk to ship vehicles to a mechanic, rather than having him commute back and forth by boat.

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