Freetown MA Planning Fire Apparatus Purchase

The Freetown Fire Department will receive a $423,076 fire engine by next summer to help fire authorities protect the town.

Officials have noted that the department has operated with an aging fleet for many years and need the upgrade. Last June, voters also approved $3,750 as part of the town’s 5 percent contribution toward a $75,000 grant for replacing a 1968 brush truck.

The fire department has also found other avenues to improve its apparatus. Through the state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Volunteer Fire Assistant Grant, the department netted $870, which will be used for forestry fire hoses, designed for fighting fires in the 5,000 acres of rugged, wooded terrain in the Freetown-Fall River State Forest.

The department also won a $5,000 grant through Kaplansky Insurance by receiving the most Facebook “likes” for a statewide fire station photograph contest. The funding allowed the department to pursue equipment such as thermal imaging cameras.

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