According to a report from The Falmouth Enterprise, $870,000 was appropriated for a new fire engine and $100,000 for a reserve fire/rescue vehicle “suitable for service” for Falmouth (MA) Fire/Rescue (FFR) at the city’s town meeting.
In moving the amendment to request $100,000 for the reserve vehicle, Select Board member Douglas C. Brown noted that FFR does not currently have a backup fire engine.
Paul Sellers, from FFR Precinct Six, said that having a backup engine is necessary in keeping its West Falmouth station open. He also said that purchasing another vehicle is paramount in trying to keep that station open until FFR has a combination West and North Falmouth station built, which is years away.
The board also voted down an amendment by J. Malcolm Donald, also from FFR Precinct Six, which called for striking the purchase of the new $870,000 fire engine until the West Falmouth fire station is staffed. The amendment failed by a vote of 12-193.