Fire Apparatus Arrives in Chesterfield (MA)

A new E-One engine, purchased for $495,000, has arrived in Chesterfield (MA).

It was purchased to replace a 2007 Smeal Attack Pumper that burst into flames last year on Interstate 91 while en route to be repaired at New England Fire Equipment and Apparatus Corp., in North Haven (CT). Bought in 2007 for $300,000, pumper was completely destroyed in the fire.

At a subsequent special Town Meeting, residents unanimously approved spending $300,000 from the town’s stabilization fund and authorized the town to borrow up to $195,000 to replace the pumper truck.

One of the biggest improvements of the new E-One engine is a custom cab that can transport six firefighters fully geared and with air packs.

The older pumper could accommodate two people without firefighting gear. That meant firefighters had to use their own vehicles to get to the scene and all would have to suit up after arrival.

The new engine will save time, crucial when battling a fire, said Hewes, and can also be used as a rest area or place firefighters can warm up at the scene of a fire.

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